Foley Hoag Counsel M. Arsalan Suleman to Testify Before Joint USCIRF and TLHRC Hearing on Ending Genocide

July 23, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP counsel M. Arsalan Suleman will speak at a virtual hearing titled "Ending Genocide - Accountability for Perpetrators," before the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.

This joint virtual hearing focuses on how the international community can hold perpetrators of mass atrocities, both state and non-state actors, accountable for international crimes, including genocide, committed against religious communities.

Despite the 1948 Genocide Convention and declarations of “never again,” perpetrators around the world continue to commit genocide, including against religious communities, with impunity. Holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes – as Foley Hoag’s client, The Gambia, is doing with regard to Myanmar’s genocide against the Rohingya – is imperative for deterrence and is a key element in providing justice to the victims of these crimes along with reparations for devastated communities, restoring the dignity of survivors, and supporting broader transitional justice processes that deal with the legacy of conflict.

Ongoing efforts to document and collect evidence of grave human rights violations at the international and local levels also support victims to ensure future criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Witnesses, including Suleman, will discuss how the U.S. government and the international community can identify and support opportunities to hold perpetrators of mass atrocities accountable and ensure justice for victims.

Suleman is a member of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration practice, where he focuses on representing sovereign States in international disputes. 

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