BURMA: International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma, Report Available

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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The Nobel Women's Initiative and the Women's League of Burma have launched the final report for the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma.

The Tribunal—which took place in New York on March 2, 2010—was a catalyst for action on the situation in Burma. The Tribunal featured testimony from twelve women of Burma. The report includes findings and recommendations aimed at the international community, the Burmese regime and civil society.

Elections are to be held some time in 2010, and it is widely expected that they will be neither free nor fair. Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democarcy, has chosen to disband rather than be subject to unjust election laws. It is a crucial time for policy-makers, UN officials, activists and academics around the world to unite and take action for the people of Burma.

The report will inform and motivate international action in Burma. The judges at the Tribunal included Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi, along with Vitit Muntarbhorn and Heisoo Shin.