• September 29, 2020

International Court of Justice: Myanmar must protect Rohingya

In 2017, an estimated 9,000 people died in ethnic cleansing on the Muslim minority Rohingya. The case in The Hague was brought by Gambia.

Myanmar must protect Rohingya

Myanmar must take measures to prevent atrocities against Muslim minority Rohingya in the future. The International Court of Justice in The Hague decided that on Thursday. In 2017, an estimated 9,000 Rohingya were killed by Myanmar soldiers. The Rohingya are suppressed in the Asian country that is predominantly Buddhist.

It is noteworthy that the International Court of Justice is ruling on the current government of a country. The court generally deals with legal disputes between states and focuses on perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The case in The Hague Peace Palace was brought by Gambia, which claims that genocide has been committed in Myanmar.

The Rohingya hoped in advance that the Myanmar soldiers who had committed violence in their villages would be prosecuted. The Court of Appeal did not yet rule on Thursday, this case only concerned emergency measures. The entire case of The Gambia against Myanmar can take years and, moreover, requires a ruling on the exact jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar issued prior to the statement that there may be war crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims, but denied in an opinion piece in the Financial Times that there had been genocide. She also wrote that refugees had exaggerated the level of abuse against them. According to her, stories from human rights organizations and UN researchers about this are ‘insufficiently substantiated’.

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