TDN World: Myanmar is to face UN court as Gambia filed genocidal case against Myanmar accusing its treatment upon the minority Muslims.
Gambia’s Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou confirmed about it Monday.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court, is the United Nation’s top legal institution that rules on disputes between states.
Both Gambia and Myanmar are signatories to the 1948 Genocide Convention, which not only prohibits states from committing genocide but also compels all signatory states to prevent and punish the crime of genocide.
Gambia has submitted a 46 page application to the international court of justice. The country alleged that Myanmar carried out mass murder, rape and destruction of communities in Rakhine state.
Supported by other Muslim countries Gambia, a member of Organization of Islamic Cooperation takes the lead in drafting the claim against Myanmar.
In the application, the vice-president of the Gambia, Isatou Touray, describes her state as “a small country with a big voice on matters of human rights on the continent and beyond”.
Allegation against Myanmar of committing genocidal crime raised by several international bodies as well. Myanmar’s political leader Suu Ki was was also denounced across the world for her silence over Human rights violation against the Rohingya Muslims.
More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape
what has been called an ethnic cleansing campaign involving mass rapes, killings and burning of their homes.
burning of their homes.
The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned last month that “there is a serious risk of genocide recurring.”