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The SPDC’s crimes continue: A UN Commission of Inquiry is still needed to protect Burma’s people

By Altsean-Burma  •  September 28, 2010

In March 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma Tomás Ojea Quintana recommended that the UN consider establishing a Commission of Inquiry to investigate “gross and systematic” human rights abuses in Burma.

Following Ojea Quintana’s recommendation, 11 countries endorsed the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry on crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma.  A Commission of Inquiry, in addition to opening a door for victims’ rights to truth and justice, also has a preventive value to discourage more crimes from being perpetrated.

In the six-month period since the SPDC published the election laws in March, the following SPDC crimes against humanity/war crimes have been documented:

  • At least 15 extrajudicial killings.
  • Systematic use of forced labor in ethnic areas.
  • Six hundred people were forcibly displaced in military attacks that targeted civilians.
  • At least 14 people subjected to arbitrary imprisonment.
  • The continued use of torture.
  • At least eight cases of rape and sexual violence.
  • Systematic persecution of Rohingya communities.
  • At least two children were recruited as child soldiers, and another child was killed for resisting.

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