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Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal: Myanmar state crimes against Rohingya and other Ethnic Minorities

6 March 2017 - 7 March 2017

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: The Octagon, Queens' Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

This event is hosted by the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI).

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, based in Rome, Italy, officially accepted this ‘urgent’ case on 7 December 2016.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) was established in Bologna in 1979 as a direct continuation of the Russell Tribunals on Vietnam (1966-67) and Latin America (1973-76). Lelio Basso, who had been a member and speaker, proposed that these celebrated tribunals be transformed into a permanent institution that could become an instrument and platform to give recognition, visibility and a voice to the peoples suffering violations of their fundamental rights, victims who, according to the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples, proclaimed in Algiers in 1976, were marginalized in international law, which had increasingly become the guarantor of the interests of the public and private holders of political and economic powers.

The PPT is built around an international network of experts, social actors and scholars from several countries of Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, recognized for their independence and competence. The characteristic of “permanency” and the selection criteria used in the appointment of its judges, renowned for their independence and expertise, have made this opinion tribunal a laboratory of denunciation and interdisciplinary research.  In its 43 sessions and judgments, the Tribunal has accompanied the transformations and struggles of the post-colonial period, the development of economic neo-colonialism, globalization, the resurgence of war and the International Criminal Court’s declaration of non-competence for economic crimes.

Its long experience of research, analysis, and development of innovative criteria for the interpretation and promotion of the law have made the PPT one of the most active opinion tribunals for the expression of initiatives and movements that push for effective laws that can meet the growing challenges of globalization and economic impunity.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is based in Rome, at the Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso, Via della Dogana Vecchia 5.

Day one

6 March 2017 10am-4pm

The Octagon, Queens' Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Day two

7 March 2017 10am-1pm

Location TBC


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

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