Tambadu: The man who stands beside distress Rohingya...

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Tambadu: The man who stands beside distress Rohingya

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:31 PM, 23 January 2020  

Gambia’s attorney general and justice minister Abu Bakar Mari Tambadu

Gambia’s attorney general and justice minister Abu Bakar Mari Tambadu

Myanmar’s army has been accused of rape, robbery, arson and genocide in Rakhine, Myanmar in 2017. As a result, millions of Rohingya entered Bangladesh through the Naf river to save their lives. The whole world got shocked by the incident. Myanmar is slowly undergoing international pressure, including regional pressure. But the country continued the genocide by avoiding all the pressure. 

Gambia’s attorney general and justice minister Abu Bakar Mari Tambadu put a hold in their heinous activities. Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi had to go to the Internation Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend her country in a case filed by him to protect the Rohingya.   

Here is a short biography of the brave Tambadu - 

Tambadu’s childhood 

Born in 1972 in Banjul, capital of Gambia, Abu Bakar Mari Tambadu has 18 siblings with three mothers. Tambadu, a child of the affluent family, was admitted to a private school in early childhood. He was an expert in playing football. He also won the title once for the country. Tambadur, meanwhile, left the sport and concentrate on education to make his father proud. He later studied law at the University of Warwick in Britain.


After graduating bachelor’s degree in law, he returned to his native country. Then he got involved in the law profession in the country as well as politics. 

An important event comes in his life in April 2000, when the security forces of Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh opened fire on the peaceful protesters where 14 students, one journalist, and a Red Cross volunteer were killed. 

Later, many of Tambadu’s close friends were charged in the case and faced torture. So he started an international trial to protect his friends. As a result, he had to go into exile voluntarily. That deportation allowed him to work in the UN court. Tambadu has not looked back since. The Gambia later eventually appointed him as the Minister of Justice.

Visited the Rohingya Camp

Tambadu came to know the Rohingya oppression from international media reports. He recalled the whole incident with the Rwanda genocide of his country. He then visited the Rohingya camp at Teknaf-Ukhiya in Cox’s Bazar. 

File a lawsuit in world court

Tambadu filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to make Myanmar's accountability over the Rohingya genocide after a visit to the Rohingya camp.  

After the case, Myanmar fell in quite a trouble. The court later summoned Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in The Hague, Netherlands. There, Suu Kyi referred to the situation as an internal problem of her country. 

However, the Rohingya genocide in Rakhine came true when the UN delegation, along with several representatives from developed to underdeveloped countries, conducted an investigation into the matter.