Germany Calls Out Burmese Generals for Rohingya Genocide

Burmese Complainants File Complaint with German Authority Pursuant to Universal Justice

A group of sixteen Burmese people have filed a complaint before the German Attorney General’s Office against the Burmese military leadership under the principle of universal justice, the NGO Fortify Rights reported this Tuesday.

Fortify Rights have supported the process, regarding the 200-page complaint and more then 1000 pages in annexes which include horrific crimes such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya community in 2016 and 2017 and after the coup on February 1st, 2021.

Half of the complainants are survivors of military operations against the Rohingya population, a majority Muslim community, meanwhile others are victims of repression committed by the junta military in the last two years. The complainants are from various diverse ethnic backgrounds and are currently living in Germany, Burma, Bangladesh, the United States, India and Malaysia.

The documents have been filed with the Covington & Burling law firm, and the documents are already in the hands of the German authorities, although they are not public.

“A united and ethnically diverse front of survivors from various parts of Burma are bringing this legal initiative to seek justice and accountability,” said Fortify Rights co-founder and CEO Matthew Smith. “Despite international attention and various justice initiatives, the Burmese Army still enjoys complete impunity […] Germany’s universal jurisdiction law is a global model to combat impunity for the worst crimes and allow access to justice to survivors no matter where the crimes are committed or where the victims are.”

Universal justice is a principle that allows states to initiate legal proceedings against those accused of serious crimes of international repercussion such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war. Fortify Rights and the group of complainants believe that each person responsible for the atrocities should be held accountable.

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