IIMM - Myanmar – Contribution to the Trust Fund for the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar

Projet terminé

By contributing to the Trust Fund of the IIMM, Switzerland will actively support the collection of evidence on international law abuses and crimes in Myanmar, for increased accountability and with the aim of deterring future international crimes. The support of the Mechanism complements Switzerland’s Country Program by strengthening accountability for human rights.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Droits de la personne
Droits de la personne (y compris droits des femmes)
01.12.2021 - 31.12.2023
CHF  800’000
Contexte After reasonable grounds existed to conclude that gross human rights violations amounting to serious international crimes had been committed in Myanmar (especially in 2017), the UN Human Rights Council established the IIMM (Resolution 39/2) with the mandate to collect, preserve and analyze evidence, which can be used as a basis for accountability efforts at any time in the future in potential trials. Following the military takeover on February 1, 2021, reported information increased substantially. The evidence indicates that Myanmar’s security forces have carried out widespread and systematic attacks on the civilian population. It is understood that these events fall within IIMM’s mandate. To effectively pursue this mandate, IIMM needs to increase its resources and capacities. 
Objectifs Support and improve independent investigation and accountability for serious international crimes in Myanmar.
Groupes cibles

-    Victims of serious international crimes and their representatives, civil society actors, comprising individuals, organizations and networks from inside Myanmar and diaspora communities.

-    Competent investigative, prosecutorial or judicial authorities in national, regional or international court or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over the most serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011. 

Effets à moyen terme

a)    Evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law in Myanmar since 2011 is collected, properly consolidated, preserved and analyzed by IIMM.

b)    Fair and independent criminal proceedings before national, regional and international courts or tribunals through quality case preparation by IIMM.

c)    All relevant actors, including victims and the general public, are well informed and aware of the mandate, work and expected results of the mechanism.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

The Mechanism:

-    Increased its open source investigation capacity (specialized equipment and expertise);

-    Increased its financial investigation capacity (specialized equipment and expertise);

-    Increased its Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes (SGBS) and Crimes against Children investigation capacity (specialized equipment and expertise); 

-    Enhanced its engagement with civil society. 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Other UN Organisation

Autres partenaires
Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM)
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

-    Synergies with judicial proceedings, such as the ICC investigation on Rakhine State and the ICJ Gambia lawsuit against Myanmar for genocide;

-    Synergies with UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Switzerland being one of the most important donors to OHCHR;

-    Synergies with Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD)-supported regional human rights projects such as Fortify Rights and Access Now.

-    Synergies with activities supported by SDC in Myanmar such as UNFPA’s Women & Girls First, support to civil society organizations and protection activities.

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    800’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    790’000 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   800’000 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   800’000
Phases du projet

Phase 1 01.12.2021 - 31.12.2023   (Completed)