Rohingya genocide case

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The Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar), commonly referred to as the Rohingya genocide case,[1][2] is a case currently being heard by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)
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Citation(s)Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)

Procedural historyEdit

On 11 November 2019, The Gambia lodged a 45-page application with the ICJ against Myanmar, initiating the case. The application alleged that Myanmar has committed mass murder, rape and destruction of communities against the Rohingya group in Rakhine state since about October 2016, and that these actions violate the Genocide Convention. According to The Guardian, Professor Philippe Sands is acting as counsel for The Gambia.[3][4] On the other side, leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will represent Myanmar along with a legal team.[5]

The Gambia also submitted a request for the indication of provisional measures. The ICJ held a public hearing on that request for three days, 10-12 December 2019.[6] A commentator described the hearing as a "remarkable spectacle," noting that The Gambia's team provided "brutal descriptions" of atrocities, while Aung San Suu Kyi avoided using the word “Rohingya”—except in a reference to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.[7]

BackgroundEdit

The Rohingya people are an ethnic minority in Myanmar who, in recent years, are facing a mass persecution that has been described as a genocide.[8][9]

According to The Economist, regarding her motivation for taking up the defendant's cause, "It is hard to escape the conclusion that she is exploiting the Rohingyas' misery to boost her party's prospects in elections due in 2020."[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case". AP News. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  2. ^ Solomon, Niharika Mandhana and Feliz. "Rohingya Genocide Case Against Myanmar Opens Before U.N. Court". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  3. ^ Bowcott, Owen (11 November 2019). "Gambia files Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar at UN court". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 7 December 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ "The Republic of The Gambia institutes proceedings against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and asks the Court to indicate provisional measures (press release)" (PDF) (Press release). International Court of Justice. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ John, Tara. "Aung San Suu Kyi to defend Myanmar in genocide case". CNN. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar) - Request for the indication of provisional measures - The Court to hold public hearings from Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 December 2019" (PDF). International Court of Justice. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ Becker, Michael. "The Challenges for the ICJ in the Reliance on UN Fact-Finding Reports in the Case against Myanmar". EJIL: Talk!. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Is refugee crisis 'textbook ethnic cleansing'?". 24 April 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2019 – via www.bbc.com.
  9. ^ "Factbox: Myanmar on trial for Rohingya genocide – the legal cases". Reuters. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019 – via www.reuters.com.
  10. ^ "Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from hero to villain". The Economist. 11 December 2019.

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