Case 18-2016: State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (SSMNC – Ma Ha Na) & Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa
PROCLAMATION on Complicity with International Crimes
September 7, 2018
The International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights,
Considering the Judgment and proceedings of the “Myanmar Case” carried out by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights, where it was ruled that Presidents Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi & General Min Aung Hlaing are Responsible for committing Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, Crimes against humanity, High Crimes against Peace, Violation of the International Human Rights Law, Violation of Buddhist Law, High Crimes against women and childhood, War Crimes, Supreme Offense against International Morality and the Sanctity of life, Extermination, Violations of International Humanitarian Law, Attack against Democracy, Violation of Civil and Political Rights, Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and State Terrorism;
Recalling that the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights has already sentenced the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee as Responsible for FALSE BUDDHISM and VIOLATION OF THE BUDDHIST LEGAL CODE, OPPRESSION AND ILLEGAL DETENTIONS AGAINST THE BUDDHIST SANGHA, COMPLICITY WITH DISCRIMINATION, VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN, VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS AND TRIBAL PEOPLES, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY AND PEACE, COMPLICITY WITH GENOCIDE and ETHNIC CLEANSING;
Affirming that despite being sentenced, the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee continued to provide ethical support to the genocidal government of Myanmar, which is something that aggravates even more its behavior in the eyes of the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights;
Deploring the criminal and genocidal behavior of Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa, who has immorally led the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (SSMNC – Ma Ha Na) in order to provide complicit silence and spiritual ethical support to the genocides carried out by the civil-military dictatorship of Myanmar;
Expressing consternation at the fact that the genocidal criminal Dr Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa is revered by the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) and by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council, even receiving the support of the Vatican State;
Greatly worried about a million people of the Rohingya People who have been forcibly displaced and who reside in refugee camps in Bangladesh, where they live in totally degrading living conditions;
Aware that on September 4, 2018, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has followed the legal advice provided by the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights, realizing that it has jurisdiction to try the crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar against the Rohingya People due to the fact that the million people who are forcibly displaced are living as refugees in Bangladesh, which is a signatory to the Rome Statute of the ICC;
Analyzing that the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I, composed of judges Péter Kovács and Reine Adélaïde Sophie Alapini-Gansou, has taken the courageous decision to set Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to formally begin to investigate the “Myanmar Case” concerning forced deportations of the Rohingya People to Bangladesh, which constitute Crimes against humanity that may be fully investigated;
Examining the fact that Myanmar’s military high-ranking commanders and generals should be tried for committing acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and war crimes, including the civilian high command that allowed all this to happen with total impunity: the dictators and de facto presidents, Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi, who should also be judged;
Taking into consideration the fact that the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that this legal precedent would allow the ICC to judge Syria for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have been forcibly displaced toward Germany and other countries of the European Union that are also signatories of the ICC’s Statute of Rome, being able then to be judged Syria for having committed crimes against humanity;
- Absolute solidarity with the Rohingya People and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar is continued to be expressed.
- It is declared that those governments that cooperate militarily with the State of Myanmar, as is the case of China and Israel, would be committing acts of complicity with international crimes, and might even be judged by the ICC and the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights.
- The use of Buddhism in the context of the genocides carried out by Myanmar is rejected, since Buddhism will always be on the side of ethical justice and never on the side of oppression and complicity with evil.
- The compassionate wisdom of Siddhartha Gautama is recalled and the sentence against the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee & Bhaddanta Kumarabhivamsa is extended, declaring them Responsible for having committed Violation of International Human Rights Law, Violation of International Buddhist Law, Complicity with Violations of Humanitarian International Law and War Crimes, Violations of Civil and Political Rights, Violations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Attack on Democracy, Complicity with Extermination and State Terrorism, and Supreme Offense against International Morality and the Sanctity of Life.
This document was written two thousand six hundred years after the foundation and independence of the Great Buddhist Nation.
President and Judge H.E. Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha