Keeping Hope Alive At the United Nations
Justice for All has been an accredited NGO at the United Nations since 2015, originally with the Department of Public Information, which changed its name in 2019 to the Department of Global Communications.
We have also consulted and coordinated with other NGOs in the NGO Committee on Human Rights, the NGO Committee on Migration, and the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief. We have also organized panels for the annual CSW Conference on Women.
We recognize the important role of international law and international courts and support multilateral responses to mass atrocities. Since September 2017, affiliates of our Burma Task Force (BTF) program have been working closely with Rohingya survivors to record, translate, and archive first-hand testimonies about the atrocities carried out against them. Collaborating with UK human rights lawyer Megan Hirst, BTF has made these testimonies the basis of a legal case against Burmese civil and military leaders in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Due to continued pressure, the International Criminal Court is considering mass displacement of the Rohingya as an issue that is covered under ICC jurisdiction. Burma Task Force joins its Rohingya allies to urge the UN Security Council to make a full referral to the Court.
The United Nations, its many missions, councils, experts and agencies, represents an essential space for debate and policy making. Since 2015, Adem Carroll has served as UN Programs Director in New York.
He has worked to represent our program Burma Task Force in regular meetings with Security Council Presidents, and with special rapporteurs. Through participation in meetings at the UN, he can help include Rohingya and ethnic minority interests in UN panels on topics such as refugee and migrant rights, and religious freedom and human rights (SDG 16).
Justice for All staff meets with UN leaders and experts on a regular basis, urging them to address mass atrocities effectively and to prioritize the Rohingya cause. Representing the Burma Task Force progam staff also regularly consults with other human rights organizations active at the UN,
to build consensus and strategize around R2P, Migrant and Refugee Rights, Trafficking, Xenophobia, Genocide and SDG 16.
Justice for All Staff also engages with NGOs regarding the foreign policies in the EU and ASEAN nations. While some nations in the UN Security Council continue to block referral to the ICC, a strong report by the UN Fact-Finding Mission in summer 2018 recognized the genocide and several member nations have become strong allies, resulting in funding for expanded war crimes investigation and two resolutions passed by the Human Rights Council and another supported by 142 nations in the UN General Assembly.