ICC's leap in the dark

ICC's leap in the dark

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has issued a clear and compelling case against Myanmar -- both its armed forces and its leaders. A UN-ordered investigation of the Rohingya tragedy is described unequivocally and credibly as genocidal. The UNHRC says government and army then tried to cover up crimes by multiple fabrications. It specifically names Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of the armed forces (tatmadaw) and the national leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The crimes against the Rohingya are undeniable except by the Myanmar authorities. They include mass murders, organised rape, burning out homes and whole villages and ethnic cleansing. This good work by the UNHRC in detailing exact responsibility raises the obvious question of "what next?" and last week, the International Criminal Court claimed boldly that it has jurisdiction. The ICC wants to step in to arrest, deport and try the tatmadaw command and senior generals for crimes against humanity.

However unlikely this is to occur under current and likely future circumstances within Myanmar, it is a legally interesting claim because it is highly controversial. It puts the ICC on a legal course it has not previously considered in its 20-year history. And it pits the court against nations including world powers and most of Asean.

Please log in here to fully view this exclusive content. If you aren't a member yet, simply sign up here. It's totally free & takes only a minute.

Editorial

Bangkok Post editorial column

These editorials represent Bangkok Post thoughts about current issues and situations.

Email : ploenpotea@bangkokpost.co.th


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (9)

Myanmar activists protest as report says junta chief to attend summit

Myanmar anti-coup activists launched protests on Wednesday calling for the release of detained prisoners, as Nikkei Asia reported that junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing would attend a regional summit to discuss the crisis in the country.

15:02

Business group trims 2021 GDP outlook after new virus outbreak

Thailand's joint business group on Wednesday trimmed its 2021 economic growth forecast for the second time this year to 1.5-3.0% from 1.5-3.5% after a third wave of coronavirus infections, despite improved exports.

14:32

China starts large-scale testing of its internet of the future

HONG KONG: China launched a large-scale experimental network in Beijing on Tuesday to test the future of internet technology over the next five to 10 years.

14:30