The Hague: On Thursday, the International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect the Rohingya Muslims from persecution and atrocities and preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them.
The Rohingya Muslim minority “remain at serious risk of genocide” said the United Nations’ top court on Thursday, as it ordered “provisional measures” against Myanmar.
The country must abide by the genocide convention, of which the court in The Hague is the guardian, and must take all measures within its power to prevent further killings – ensuring its military and other army units do not commit acts of genocide.
Mostly Muslim Gambia launched a lawsuit in November at the United Nations’ highest body for disputes between states, accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya in violation of a 1948 convention. Thursday’s ruling dealt only with Gambia’s request for so-called preliminary measures, the equivalent of a restraining order for states. It gave no indication of the court‘s final decision.
More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar after a military-led crackdown in 2017 and were forced into squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh. The UN investigators concluded that the military campaign had been executed with “genocidal intent”.