People’s tribunals have been used by citizens and activists to investigate a range of human rights abuses, including in Iran, Vietnam and North Korea. These informal tribunals typically deal with grave crimes committed during events of mass suffering, usually but not always killings, that official international organisations are unwilling, unable or too fearful to investigate. The decisions or judgments of these tribunals can provide some resolution to survivors or the loved ones of those killed or who have died since the relevant event. They also provide material that can be used to urge official international organisations to further action and create an historical ‘evidence-based’ record, where no other may ever exist, of the criminality of horrifying events.

Other People’s Tribunals:

www.irantribunal.com

www.tribunalonmyanmar.org

Above: Iran Tribunal

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