Alexa Myanmar genocide case: ICJ to rule on emergency measures Jan 23

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Myanmar genocide case: ICJ to rule on emergency measures Jan 23

 International Desk

 Published: 11:20 AM, 15 January 2020   Updated: 02:14 PM, 15 January 2020

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the top court of United Nations (UN), is set to issue a decision on a request for emergency measures in a genocide case against Myanmar on January 23. 

The Gambian Ministry of Justice confirmed the information on Twitter on Monday. 

However, the ICJ - sometimes known as the world court which normally rules on disputes between states - did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African nation, filed the lawsuit in November last year after winning the support of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC), alleging Myanmar was committing “an ongoing genocide” against its Muslim-minority Rohingya people.  

The country has accused Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention in a military campaign that expelled more than 730,000 Rohingya from the country. The country asked the ICJ to order “provisional measures” to prevent more harm, a first step in a legal case that is expected to go on for years.

In December last, State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi Reuters travelled to The Hague to defend her country against the charges. She denied that genocide was taking place and said the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case. 

In its filing, Gambia has said Myanmar cannot be trusted to bring alleged military perpetrators of crimes against the Rohingya to justice.  It has asked the court to order provisional measures for Myanmar to stop its forces committing “all acts that amount to or contribute to the crime of genocide” against the Rohingya including killing, rape and destruction of homes and villages.

The Gambia also asked judges to order Myanmar to ensure any evidence of atrocities is preserved.