Human Rights Watch (HRW) has filed a criminal complaint in Germany against Myanmar’s military, accusing it of perpetrating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the country’s Rakhine State.
The complaint, filed on behalf of Rohingya and other victims of the military’s abuses, urges German prosecutors to open an investigation into the actions of Myanmar’s military leaders, including its commander-in-chief, Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing.
HRW says the complaint is based on evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Rakhine State, including murder, rape, torture, and forced displacement. The group says the complaint also contains evidence of the military’s role in the coordination and provision of weapons, ammunition, and other supplies for the attacks.
If German prosecutors decide to open an investigation, HRW says it could lead to criminal charges against Myanmar’s military leaders. This would be a major step in holding the military accountable for its abuses in Rakhine State.