Statement: Save the Children response to the Special Rapporteur’s call for an ad hoc tribunal for Myanmar

In response to the Special Rapporteur’s call for an ad hoc tribunal for Myanmar, Save the Children’s Country Director in Myanmar, Michael McGrath, said:

For too long we have watched those responsible for heinous crimes against children in Myanmar � including murder, torture, and sexual assault � go unpunished. Thousands of children in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States have suffered horrifically and have not seen the justice they deserve. This impunity must stop.

Save the Children welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s call for an independent tribunal for Myanmar as a positive step towards accountability. Any development which could lead the perpetrators of atrocities against children in Myanmar being held to account should be welcomed with open arms.

Since the historic decision to establish the Independent Investigative Mechanism (IIM) at the Human Rights Council in September, the creation of a tribunal has been a logical next step towards achieving justice for children. This tribunal would ensure the evidence gathered by the IIM is used to prosecute perpetrators and set the stage for criminal convictions.

We have heard from hundreds of children who describe their homes being burned or their families being murdered before their eyes. The evidence provided by child victims and witnesses deserves to be collected impartially and heard in a court of law, such as that being proposed by the Special Rapporteur.

The credibility of the United Nations Security Council as a global body tasked with maintaining international peace and security will hinge on its action in response to the atrocities committed against children in Myanmar.

Creating an ad hoc tribunal to hold fair and independent criminal proceedings, in accordance with international law standards, sends powerful signal to all perpetrators, including the Myanmar military, that they will be held accountable for crimes against children.

Source: Save the Children