After a four-year investigation into crimes against minorities in Myanmar, CIJA can publicly present its findings, including the identification of high level suspects responsible for genocide against the Rohingya people.

In 2017 the world witnessed one of the most horrifying killing campaigns, committed by Burmese forces against the Rohingya community in so called 'clearance operations' which followed years of oppression and discrimination. Village by village, Burmese armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, slaughtered and raped the Rohingya population and burnt their houses, leading to a massive exodus across the border into Bangladesh.

“Rohingya Muslims have been
killed, tortured, raped, burnt alive and humiliated,
solely because of who they are.”

Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, 13 March 2018
Within days of the most extreme violence, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights declared the atrocities to be a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Over the following months, journalists, activists and UN bodies began bringing out testimonies of survivors: their accounts of massacres, torture, sexual offences and destruction indicated a scale and level of organization unseen in Myanmar. Based largely on witness and survivor testimony, open-sources and satellite imagery, these reports pieced together what was taking place in Rohingya villages across Rakhine state.
They identified some of the planning measures taken by government forces, collected information on specific incidents, including massacres at Inn Din, Chut Pyin and Min Gyi: in some incidents they were able to identify the units who directly participated in the atrocities. The UN's Fact-Finding Mission identified consistent patterns of serious human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law and called for the investigation and prosecution of several commanders it had identified.
Police officer in Tin May village - Reuters/ SIMON LEWIS
The world proclaimed that what was happening to the Rohingya was genocide. Calls for those responsible to be held accountable grew as innovative justice pathways were sought before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice as well as through universal jurisdiction. But no evidence was available to link the crimes to those responsible for ordering, overseeing or tolerating them. Until now …