BBC Radio: Woman's Hour interviews Janet Benshoof, President of the Global Justice Center, on her work on a a campaign to have the Burmese military junta referred to the International Criminal Court for its systematic and ongoing abuses of the Burmese people.
GJC in the News
Janet Benshoof, President of the Global Justice Center, was invited to give a talk at Women@Google Talks. During this presentation, she explained how the geopolitical favoritism afforded war criminal Than Schwe in Burma undermines the rule of law globally. Than Schwe, who controls Burma using the largest standing army in South East Asia, has routinely flouted all U.N. efforts, and, chooses to have tens of thousands of people die preventable deaths from the effects of Cyclone Nargis rather than open up access to the people of Burma.
Janet Benshoof put the recent forced "death by disease" in the context of clearly documented and ongoing grave crimes including the destruction of villages, torture, murder of monks, systematic gang rape of ethnic women, genocide of Karen and Shan peoples, forced labor, and recruitment of child soldiers. Professor Benshoof also pointed out how by declaring a victory on the May 10th referendum, Than Schwe is trying to transform his rule into a constitutional right by inserting criminal immunity for himself and his cohorts into the constitution. The constitution attempts to legitimize permanent military rule, give blanket amnesties for all military crimes, and simply put, it is possibly the worst constitution ever drafted with regard to women in modern history.
The Far Eastern Economic Review published an article titled "The Junta's Criminal Constitution" by GJC President Janet Benshoof and U Aung Htoo about the actions of Burma's military dictators and the violation of international law.
Mizzima News mentions GJC is its condemnation of the Burmese junta's draft constitution that grants amnesty to all military officers for crimes they have committed.
Scoop Independent News publishes an article titled "Burma Regime Denounced for Giving Selves Immunity".
This article focuses on international law organizations (Burma Lawyers' Council, Global Justice Center and Burma Justice Committee) calling for a better constitution for Burma, and a criminal investigation into the crimes committed under the military regime. This constitution will not bring lasting democracy or peace.