(MYANMAR, February 9, 2022)—On February 9, the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed receipt of the National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar’s Article 12(3) declaration to the court. Earlier in August 2021, at the launch of Fortify Rights’s report Ending Impunity in Myanmar: Can the National Unity Government of Myanmar Delegate Jurisdiction to the International Criminal Court? A Legal Analysis, the NUG announced it had submitted a 12(3) declaration to the ICC. The report finds that by lodging of 12(3) declaration with the ICC, the NUG of Myanmar delegate jurisdiction to the ICC to investigate and prosecute mass atrocity crimes that occurred in the country since 2002—a major step toward ending endemic impunity in Myanmar.
Months after submitting the declaration to the court, the NUG had not received confirmation of receipt from the court. In response, Fortify Rights arranged for high-level political actors involved with the Assembly of States Parties at the ICC—the management body of the court–to engage the court on this issue. A week later, the NUG received a receipt from the court, acknowledging its declaration.