Weighing in on ending Myanmar military’s impunity

However, Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said calling for punishment of the junta leaders is not the appropriate way to stop the violence in Myanmar at the moment.

“The international community should be encouraging a peaceful negotiation and dialogue to end the violence,” he said. “The Myanmar crisis is not something that we can solve in a short time since we have to take into account the historical context, the power culture and ethical uniqueness.”

“Calling for action from ICC can only heat up the tension.”

Raising the example of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), where Khmer Rouge leaders were tried for their hideous crimes against humanity, Phea explained that prosecuting the ones behind the atrocities can only take place during peace time.

“What the people of Myanmar need right now is an end to the fighting,” he added.

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