Myanmar’s publication in state media of lists with the names and accompanying photographs of more than 1,400 men, women and children under the heading “Members of ARSA Terrorist Group” constitutes an assault on human rights and contravenes key principles of the rule of law.
Authorities have not explained why or how listed persons were identified, if they are currently in detention, or if they are wanted for prosecution or for questioning pursuant to criminal investigations. Some or all persons listed appear to have been “accused” outside any formal judicial process.
Index Number: ASA 16/7503/2017
To Permanent Representatives of Members and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council
Geneva, 19 September 2017
RE: Renewing the Mandate of the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi and Ensuring Accountability for Serious Crimes
H.E. General Prawit Wongsuwan
Deputy Prime Minister
1 Phitsanulok Road
Khwaeng Dusit, Khet Dusit
H.E. Mr. Suwapan Tanyu-wattana
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
120 Chaeng Watthana Road
Khwaeng Thung Song Hong
Khet Lak Si
30 August 2017
Index: ASA 39/7015/2017
Dear H.E. General Prawit Wongsuwan and
H.E. Mr. Suwapan Tanyu-wattana,
On the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) – marked on June 26 as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture – Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) welcome the commitments made by the Royal Thai Government to prevent torture and other ill-treatment and urge authorities to ensure no further delay in implementing these undertakings.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is a worldwide network of judges and lawyers united in affirming international law and rule of law principles that advance human rights.