Guide to help practitioners document conflict-related sexual violence crimes in Myanmar/Burma: Myanmar/Burma Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Myanmar-Specific Guidance for Practitioners

Sexual violence – particularly against women and girls – is a feature of everyday life in Myanmar, with sexual violence committed in the context of long-running armed conflicts and attacks against civilian populations being a particularly brutal aspect of this violence. However, investigations and accountability of those responsible is almost non-existent and survivors often face insurmountable barriers to justice.

REDRESS and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) have launched a guide to assist practitioners gather evidence of conflict and atrocity-related sexual violence in Myanmar, thus helping to overcome some of the key barriers to tackling impunity for these crimes.

The new Supplement to the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict: Myanmar-Specific Guidance for Practitioners is available in both English [Word + PDF] and Burmese [Word + PDF].

It complements the second edition of the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was published in March 2017 by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).The International Protocol is designed to help strengthen the evidence base for bringing perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict to justice.

The Supplement is specifically intended for practitioners who work in and on Myanmar.  It looks at the specific context for such violence in Myanmar, the forms it commonly takes and impacts it may have, available legal avenues for justice at the domestic and international levels, specific evidential and procedural requirements and practical issues that may arise when documenting sexual violence crimes in the country.

The Supplement is intended to be a living document, to be updated as best practice evolves and in light of the feedback received by users. All users are free to update, correct and adapt the Supplement as they wish. We would greatly welcome any feedback to

The Supplement forms part of a series of country-specific guides published on the IICI and/or REDRESS websites. Other supplements include guides for Sri Lanka (in English, Sinhalese and Tamil) and Iraq (in English, Arabic and Kurdish), along with a translation of the International Protocol’s second edition into Tamil.

REDRESS and IICI are grateful for the support to the project of the FCO.