“According to the description of the challenges, potential, and impact of the implementation of universal jurisdiction by a country, the Court believes that…it would be better if universal jurisdiction is held at the regional level due to proximity to the location of the crime and the availability of evidence, making it easier to make arrangements between parties…In this regard, it is more certain to bring a forum for resolving serious cross-border human rights violations at the regional level, based on an international agreement without interfering with a country’s jurisdiction. When countries agree to submit themselves to an agreement, there is no longer an assumption or judgement of
differences between developed and developing countries. With such an agreement, each country has the same rights and obligations and is bound by the agreed arrangements. In this regard, arrangements regarding the mechanism of the court or procedural law, up to the model of punishing perpetrators, are agreements of each country in a region through an international agreement.”
Constitutional Court of the Republik of Indonesia, Darusman, Muqoddas and Alliance of Independent Journalists Case (No. 89/PUU-XX/2022, 14 April 2023, para. 3.16.4 166 [trans. ours]
This Application is filed on behalf of MR. SALAI ZA UK LING
He serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), where he has spent two and a half decades working for human rights and religious freedom in Myanmar. CHRO is a non-governmental organization in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2018. It works to protect and promote human rights through monitoring, documentation, education and advocacy on behalf of indigenous Chin people and other oppressed and marginalized communities in Myanmar. A native of Chin State, Myanmar, MR. SALAI ZA UK LING recently gave testimony about the Tatmadaw’s atrocities against the people of his native country before the International Parliamentary Inquiry on Myanmar.
He brings this application in light of the war crimes, crimes against humanity, and gross human rights violations being committed against the people of Myanmar by the Tatmadaw, through its “Four Cuts” military strategy – essentially a horribly inhumane tactic to defeat the political opposition and rising insurgencies against the military regime by attacking the civilian populace and depopulating areas not in the military regime’s control.
In summary, under the Charter of the ASEAN, this Application seeks of the ASEAN and its Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights the following relief: