The Rome-based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) has set up its first-ever Opinion Tribunal on Myanmar.
The inaugural sessions, open to public, will be hosted at the International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London, on 6 and 7 March.
Subsequent tribunal hearings are envisaged in USA and Malaysia before the jury reach the verdict later this year.
The establishment of this people’s tribunal is in response to the requests made by Myanmar’s Rohingya and Kachin victims who have made credible allegations that their respective ethnic communities have suffered international crimes at the hands of Myanmar government troops, including crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.
The PPT includes renowned genocide scholars such as Daniel Feierstein, past President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Dr Helen Jarvis, former Public Affairs Officer at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Denis Halliday, former Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Laureate of Gandhi International Peace Award (2003).
The Tribunal is in the process of selecting members of the Panel of Jury from amongst a list of public figures whose nominations are based on their established personal integrity, professional competence and
concerns for the victims.
The Tribunal on Myanmar is coordinated by a steering committee made up of Rohingya, Kachin and Burmese human rights campaigners in cooperation with the PTT Secretariat in Rome.
Bios for the Expert Witnesses:
Professor Penny Green
BA (Hons), (Australian National University), MPhil & PhD (Cambridge)
Director, International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Mandy Sadan
MA (Oxon), MA PhD (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Reader in History, Associate Dean of Research (Arts and Humanities), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Dr Thomas MacManus
BA (Hons) (University of Limerick), an LLM (with distinction), (University of Westminster) & a PhD in Law and Criminology (King’s College London); Attorney-at-Law (New York) and Solicitor (Ireland)
Dr Maung Zarni
MA (University of California), PhD (University of Wisconsin at Madison)
Azril Mohd Amin
Attorney at Law
Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Michael W. Charney
Professor of Asian and Military History
BA (U. of Michigan-Flint), MA (U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor), MA (Ohio), PhD (U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor)