Amal Clooney will fight for Rohingya

Dhaka, Thursday   09 April 2020


Amal Clooney will fight for Rohingya

 International Desk

 Published: 03:45 PM, 26 February 2020   Updated: 04:31 PM, 26 February 2020

Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney

The Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the top court of United Nations (UN), in seeking justice for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims. 

The Maldivian government on Wednesday announced that the luxury tourist destination will formally join The Gambia in challenging Myanmar’s military crackdown.  

The Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African nation, filed a lawsuit on November last year alleging Myanmar was committing “an ongoing genocide” against its minority Muslim Rohingya population.

On January 23 this year, in a unanimous ruling by a panel of 17 judges, the court in The Hague ordered Myanmar to implement emergency measures to prevent genocidal violence against Rohingya and preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them - pending a full case that could take years. 

The Maldives also welcomed the ICJ’s decision to order provisional measures to secure the rights of victims in Myanmar and prevent the destruction of evidence in the ongoing case. 

“Accountability for genocide in Myanmar is long overdue and I look forward to working on this important effort to seek judicial remedies for Rohingya survivors,” Clooney was quoted as saying by the Maldivian government.  

Earlier, Amal Clooney successfully represented former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed and secured a UN decision that his 2015 jailing for 13 years was illegal.