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Monday, March 12, 2012

UN Myanmar expert reported possible war crimes
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On March 12, 2010, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana released a report which criticized the government for human right abuses that he claimed could qualify as war crimes before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report advanced claims that the "gross and systematic nature of human right violations in Myanmar" stemmed from a State policy involving all branches of government abridging fundamental human rights. The release came on the heels of another report claiming that Myanmar's elections would not meet international standards of fairness. Recently, the government of Myanmar has been working on reforms in areas of judicial independence and human rights protections.

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