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People’s tribunal finds Myanmar guilty of Rohingya genocide

KUALA LUMPUR: The Myanmar government is guilty of genocide against the Rohingya people and other Muslim minorities, according to the international Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal.

The seven-man panel tribunal announced its verdict after considering documentary and expert evidence as well as the testimony of some 200 victims of the atrocities committed against the Rohingya, Kachin and other minority groups in Myanmar.

Head judge Daniel Feierstein, who founded the Centre for Genocide Studies in Argentina, read out the findings following five days of hearing held at the Universiti Malaya Legal Faculty moot court.

He said that the Myanmar regime was indicted and found guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The tribunal ruled that Myanmar is guilty of genocide against the people of Kachin and Muslim groups there,” he said.

The tribunal also made 17 recommendations following the judgement.

Among the recommendations announced by judge Gill H. Boehringer was that the Myanmar government cease the acts of violence against the Muslim minorities there.

“Visas and free access must be granted to the United Nation’s Fact Finding to probe the atrocities committed against the Rohingya, Kachin and other groups in Myanmar,” he said.

He added the Myanmar government must also amend its constitution and abolish discriminatory laws to give rights and citizenship to the oppressed minorities.

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