A human rights organization files a case against the Myanmar army in Germany
A human rights organization and 16 people from Myanmar filed a “criminal complaint” in Germany to demand the punishment of Myanmar army generals over allegations of their involvement in “genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity” after the seizure of power in 2021. and during a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in 2017.
“The individuals responsible for these crimes have not yet been held accountable,” said Fortify Rights, which filed the complaint announced in Bangkok yesterday. The federal prosecutor’s office, which received the ad on Friday, declined to comment.
Prosecutors decide whether to bring charges before the complaint goes to court, a process that can take a long time.
The actions of Myanmar’s army generals are under investigation by the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice is also examining their generals’ involvement in the genocide.
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But activists trying to hold the generals accountable have also filed lawsuits in local courts in Argentina and Turkey under the concept of “universal jurisdiction.” The complaint was filed in Germany days before the second anniversary of the military takeover in Myanmar on February 1, 2021 and the overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi is serving a 33-year sentence for crimes widely believed to have been staged to legitimize military rule.
The complaint in Germany comes more than five years after the security forces brutally cracked down on Rohingya Muslims in 2017.
About 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh for safety after burning their villages and mass murdering and raping them.
Myanmar’s military has been accused of committing similar atrocities against coup leaders across the country. Half of the 16 citizens who have filed criminal charges in Germany are Rohingya and have been subjected to brutal violence, while the other half have been victims of human rights abuses since the army took power in 2021.
• Some 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh for safety after their villages were burned and murders committed.
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