Survivors of military abuses in Myanmar have lodged a criminal complaint in Germany, asking prosecutors to investigate and bring to trial those responsible

for committing atrocities during crackdowns on opponents of the February 2021 coup, and against the Rohingya minority.

The group said the case involves 16 individuals from Myanmar and was filed with the German Office of the Federal Prosecutor last week.

Matthew Smith, CEO and co-founder of Fortify Rights, said the complaint was lodged in Germany because of its universal jurisdiction laws

which allows for the prosecution of certain grave crimes no matter where they take place. There was no immediate comment from Myanmar’s military.

“Germany is in a unique position to help thwart impunity in Myanmar,” Smith told a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

“Members of the military junta should not feel safe from justice in this world, and they must be held accountable.” he added.