Myanmar military accused of war crimes in German criminal case

Germany’s federal public prosecutor-general is alleging Myanmar’s military systematically tortured, raped and killed civilians during a 2017 crackdown. – HfG Karlsruhe Medienkunst Fotografie handout pic, January 24, 2023.

A GROUP of people from Myanmar have filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing their country’s military of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, a rights organisation said today.

The case was lodged with Germany’s federal public prosecutor-general under the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows the prosecution of certain grave crimes regardless of where they took place, and has been used to try Syrians over atrocities committed during the civil war.

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