December 1, 2009

Today, members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Burma (APPG Burma) will have a panel discussion in the British Parliament about Crimes Against Humanity in Burma.

Members of the APPG Burma are very concerned about widespread and systematic human rights violations, including forced displacement, torture, sexual violence, extra-judicial killings and forced labour, being perpetrated against the people of Burma by the military dictatorship.

Last week, members of the APPG Burma tabled an Early Day Motion calling for an investigation into crimes being committed by the military regime in Burma and more than forty members of parliament, including high profile MPs across parties, have shown their support by signing the EDM.

“There is well documented evidence highlighting Burma’s use of widespread torture and forced labour against its civilians,” said Alistair Carmichael, Secretary to the APPG Burma. “It is imperative that the United Nations establishes a Commission of Inquiry into these heinous crimes and supports the International Labour Organisation’s calls to refer the use of forced labour to the International Court of Justice.”

The panelists include
–  Sir Geoffrey Nice, Deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the principal prosecution trial attorney in the case against Slobodan Milosevic in the Hague.
–  Sappho Dias from the Burma Justice Committee will discuss crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burma.
–  Htoo Khu Hsa Say, a chairperson of the Karen Community Association Sheffield, will give first hand testimony about crimes committed by the military regime in Eastern Burma.

For more information, please contact Nang Seng on 020 7324 4710.


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