24 May 2019
Training on the International Standards/Practices for Evidence Collection and International Criminal Justice was conducted from 20-22 May 2019 at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Nay Pyi Taw. The investigators, judicial officials of Evidence Collection and Verification Team (ECVT) of Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) and its Secretariat participated in the training. The officials from the office of the Attorney-General also attended as observers.
The training focused on international criminal justice for core international crimes, the conduct relevant to international law, and international law on genocide. Each topic was followed by an interactive question and answer session.
The participants discussed the genesis of Myanmar’s Investigation Committees Act 1950 which was promulgated to provide additional powers to special investigative Commissions and Committees. The ICOE’s Terms of Reference prescribes that the Investigation Committees Act 1950 will apply to its investigations. The Investigation Committees Act 1950 provides a robust hybrid of powers: under Myanmar’s Civil Procedure Code, the ICOE is empowered to compel production of documents and seek the attendance of witnesses, among others; and under the Code of Criminal Procedures, investigations of the committee shall be deemed to be a ‘criminal case proceeding’. Thereby entrenching it as part of the criminal justice system of Myanmar.
The training also discussed international practices on conducting interviews, how to collect and analyse potential evidence and how to find relevant legal information and case laws.
The training was conducted by an eminent international lawyer.
Office of the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE)
Nay Pyi Taw
24 May 2019