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A Path to Justice: Examining the Legal Challenges of the Rohingya Crisis

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The Rohingya face unique challenges in seeking justice and accountability for the crimes committed against them. This panel includes investigators of two, separate fact-finding missions to investigate atrocities against the Rohingya in Myanmar. Kyle Wood was part of a human rights law group contracted with the U.S. State Department (which created this report) and Al Borrelli was part of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar. This program is presented as part of Exiled to Nowhere: A Symposium on the Rohingya Crisis.

Kyle Wood is an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office. His practice focuses on initiating and supporting efforts to end human trafficking in Washington. Mr. Wood is also an international lawyer with deep experience investigating and prosecuting mass atrocities. In April 2018, Mr. Wood interviewed dozens of ethnic Rohingya men and women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, as part of a U.S. State Department investigation into allegations of mass atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine State. The results of that investigation, compiled by the Public International Law & Policy Group, a global pro bono law firm, can be found at From 2005 until 2015, Mr. Wood worked as a trial and appellate lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague, Netherlands. Mr. Wood litigated more than a dozen trials and appeals in cases involving charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, or grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

Allen Borrelli is a former U.S. Army military intelligence analyst who then spent 15 years working at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for the prosecution as a military intelligence analyst before moving to Mexico in order to consult internationally on issues of atrocity crimes. He most recently worked for the UN as a military expert/advisor on the fact-finding mission established by a Security Council Resolution to investigate the ongoing events and allegations stemming from the situation in Myanmar. He specializes in investigation, analysis, and consulting on issues of command and control, command responsibility, and the de jure and de facto structures of military, civilian and political institutions alleged to have been involved in violations of international or local laws. He has lectured and trained individuals and government institutions around the world on investigating leadership-level cases; evidence collection and assessment; command and control in a war crimes context, and intelligence analysis. Additionally, he has been accepted as an expert military analyst in both U.S. and international courts. As a part of his work, he has been directly involved in the investigating and/or prosecuting of seven different heads of states, from five countries, on four continents.

Sponsors for the event include the Oregon Historical Society, Never Again Coalition, World Oregon, Americans for Rohingya, Friends of Rohingya USA, Muslim Educational Trust, KBOO, The Immigrant Story, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Portland State University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Lewis and Clark Law School’s Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance, American Jewish World Service, and RAIN International. With support form Eric and Alia Breon.