Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar

Collecting the evidence needed to ensure that perpetrators of serious international crimes in Myanmar face justice

The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM or Mechanism) is committed to ensuring justice for victims of serious international crimes in Myanmar and holding perpetrators accountable.

Established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2018, the Mechanism investigates serious international crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011.

It collects, preserves and analyzes evidence, and prepares case files to share with relevant national, regional or international courts or tribunals who can use the information to prosecute perpetrators.

New graphic novels explain the Mechanism’s work

7 February 2024 – The Mechanism has produced three graphic novels that explain how it works in a simple and visual way. These are now available to download, read and share in English and Burmese. Graphic novels What is IIMM? English Burmese How to contact IIMM...

Three years of widespread, systematic violence in Myanmar and the evidence against perpetrators is mounting

Statement by Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar Geneva, 30 January 2024 – Three years ago, the Myanmar military overthrew the country’s elected government. A host of serious international crimes followed, starting with the...

Statement by Mr. Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, at the 78th Session of the Third Committee of the General Assembly

23 October 2023 Mister Chair, Excellencies, It is an honour to appear before this Assembly for the first time to update you on the progress of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar. In 2018, this Assembly welcomed the Human Rights Council creating the...

October 2023 issue of the Bulletin

The Mechanism has collected copious evidence indicating that the Myanmar military has been committing bolder and more frequent attacks on civilians. The reports and accounts received show that these attacks include the intentional burning of villages, aerial...

The pursuit of justice for Rohingya – six years on

Statement by Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar Geneva, 25 August 2023 – Today marks six years since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people were forced to flee their homes in Myanmar for refuge in neighboring...

June 2023 issue of the Bulletin

With a dramatic increase in violence in Myanmar, the Mechanism is focusing its investigations on the gravest incidents and where the impact on victims is most severe, while continuing to investigate earlier crimes, particularly those committed in Rakhine State. This...

Two more years of atrocities in Myanmar

Statement by Nicholas Koumjian, Head of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar Geneva, 1 February 2023 – Today marks exactly two years since the Myanmar military sent tanks into the streets in an effort to remove the elected government. Over this time, we...