Myanmar must stop Rohingyas genocide: Gambia
Published: 08:12 PM, 10 December 2019
West African nation the Gambia has asked Myanmar to stop brutal genocide over Rohingya minority, a native of Rakhine state in Myanmar.
Gambia's Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou said this on Tuesday in the first day of the Rohingya genocide case hearing in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the United Nations Supreme Court in the Hague, Netherlands.
“All that The Gambia asks is that you tell Myanmar to stop these senseless killings,” Gambia’s Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in opening comments.
“To stop these acts of barbarity and brutality that have shocked and continue to shock our collective conscience. To stop this genocide of its own people.”
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar and the Nobel Laureate in peace, appeared in the International Court of Justice to fight for the country in the Rohingya genocide case.
The hearing of the case began at 10 am local time. The panel of 15 judges is comprised of two judges from Gambia and Myanmar. After a three-day hearing, they will decide on a majority basis. The Gambia is seeking interim measures to resolve the Rohingya crisis, Amnesty International said.
At the start of the hearing, Chief Justice Abdul Qayyum Yousuf read out the allegations. Then Professor Pam Akhwan spoke about the genocide in Rakhine. He told how Myanmar's troops were involved in crimes against humanity such as murder, robbery and rape in the western state of Myanmar.
In addition, the way the Rohingyas were isolated from the whole country and carried out persecution, the UN inquiry also came up. He also highlighted the anti-Rohingya campaign on social media.
Speaking on behalf of the Gambia, Professor Sandis said the court is the last hope for justice of the Rohingyas genocide. Everyone is waiting eagerly at the case. Myanmar has never taken enough action on the genocide.
He said the Gambia court wants six interim orders against Myanmar. These include ensuring that incidents like genocide do not take place in Myanmar, not destroying previous genocide, and helping both the Rohingya and Myanmar governments remain calm. The Gambia also wants to ensure that Myanmar will assist the UN in its investigation.
Tomorrow Myanmar will raise its opinion against the Gambia allegations.
The Gambia filed a lawsuit in November 2019 with the International Court of Justice – the United Nations’ highest court – for atrocities committed against the Rohingya by Myanmar.
The case, the first international legal attempt to bring Myanmar to justice over alleged mass killings of the Rohingya minority in 2017, comes after the Gambia on November 11 filed an application at the ICJ, accusing Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.
The UN investigation report found evidence that Myanmar's military, police, and Buddhist followers were directly involved in the killing of the Rohingya genocides.
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