Avenues to Accountability for Sexual Violence in Myanmar

The Myanmar military and security forces have used on sexual violence as a tactic to terrorize civilians, especially ethnic minorities and women, girls, and gender-diverse people. Sexual violence was also a hallmark of the Rohingya genocide, as confirmed by the UN Fact-Finding Mission in 2017. Even before the February 2021 military coup, accountability within Myanmar was virtually unattainable; however, a number of avenues for justice exist at the international level. This panel will provide an opportunity to hear from local and international experts on potential avenues to justice and accountability for sexual violence crimes in Myanmar.

  • Akila Radhakrishnan (Moderator)
  • Wai Wai Nu, Founder, Women's Peace Network
  • Esther Ze Naw, Youth Coordinator, Kachin Peace Network
  • Naw Wah Ku Shee, Coordinator, Karen Peace Support Network
  • Ambassador Kelley Currie, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

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The Path Forward for the Rohingya Community

The Rohingya community has long suffered under the Myanmar government’s decades-long policies of persecution against them, which were only exacerbated during and in the wake of the 2017 acts of genocide against them. Today, over a million Rohingya remain outside Myanmar, and an additional 600,000 in Rakhine continue to suffer. Following the February 2021 military coup, the prospect of Rohingyas’ safe return to Myanmar is even more precarious, as is the situation of those still in the country. This panel is an opportunity for international policymakers and advocates to hear directly from Rohingya leaders about challenges currently facing the community, and how the international community can best support the Rohingya people.

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Justice for Myanmar, at the ICJ and Beyond

After over 60 years of serious human rights abuses and mass atrocities, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by Myanmar’s military, it is only recently that the international community has taken steps to hold the Tatmadaw to account. Impunity has emboldened the military and was an enabling factor for the military’s February 2021 coup. While at present, international accountability efforts are focused on justice for the Rohingya, however, these cases importantly break the cycle of impunity and lay the groundwork for accountability for other communities in Myanmar, including crimes against other ethnic groups, as well as crimes committed in the context of the coup.

This panel will explore how the ICJ proceedings complement other international accountability efforts, and discuss how they can inform future cases and investigations against the Myanmar military.

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Democracy without Sexual and Reproductive Rights is An Empty Promise

On December 9-10, 2021 the United States will host a virtual Summit for Democracy, bringing together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to discuss challenges and opportunities facing democracies and to make commitments to defend democracy and human rights at home and abroad.

Fòs Feminista and the Global Justice Center in partnership with the Embassy of Canada, are hosting a side event on the margins of the 2021 Democracy Summit. Leading experts will discuss the role of reproductive rights in democracies, the relationship between authoritarian governments and control of bodily autonomy, the impact of US abortion restrictions around the world, and how the US can realize its commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights at home and abroad.

Seema Jalan, Executive Director of the Universal Access Project and Policy at the United Nations Foundation

Opening Remarks:
Katherine Baird, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Canada


  • Helena Chiquele, Oxfam, Mozambique
  • Amanda Nunes, Youth Leader, Anis, Brazil
  • Akila Radhakrishnan, President, Global Justice Center
  • Serra Sippel, Chief Global Advocacy Officer, Fòs Feminista

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Ongoing Rohingya Genocide: Myanmar military defies provisional measures ordered by International Court of Justice

The BURMESE ROHINGYA ORGANISATION UK (BROUK) is conducting a webinar discussion on the “Ongoing Rohingya genocide Myanmar military defies provisional measures ordered by International Court of Justice,”on Monday 22 November, from 13:00-14:30, London time. This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from some leading Rohingya, Burmese and international experts on the scope for justice and accountability for the Rohingya, and all people in Myanmar.

The discussion is extra relevant as it takes place on the same day as the six-month report-back deadline for Myanmar to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Rohingya genocide case, brought by the Gambia. Myanmar is obliged to report every six months to the ICJ on its fulfillment of the provisional measures laid down by the court in January 2020, to prevent further acts of genocide against Rohingya people.

BROUK will also launch its new report on the ongoing Rohingya genocide at the meeting.

The expert panel includes:

  • Akila Radhakrishnan (Moderator), President, Global Justice Center
  • Tun Khin, President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  • Yanghee Lee, Founder Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, former UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar
  • Khin Ohmar, Chairperson, Advisory board Progressive Voice
  • M. Arsalan Suleman, Foley Hoag, legal counsel to The Gambia in its case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice

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