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Law Council statement at the 50th UN Human Rights Council

As part of the 50th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Law Council President Tass Liveris presented a video statement before the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions on 22 June 2022.

This statement, delivered on behalf of the Law Council and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, urged the Special Rapporteur to monitor the misuse by Myanmar’s Tatmadaw of military courts and unlawful use of the death penalty. Since the coup on 1 February 2021, at least 114 people have been sentenced to death, including 41 in absentia, in closed, summary proceedings before military tribunals. These trials are completely incompatible with international standards on the use of capital punishment.

The full statement is available here


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