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Asia Justice Coalition welcomes ICJ order

  • Published at 01:17 am January 24th, 2020
File photo: Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017 Reuters

The ICJ on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population from persecution

The Asia Justice Coalition, a network of organizations that have come together to focus on international justice and accountability in Asia, has welcomed the ICJ order in the Rohingya genocide case. 

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population from persecution and atrocities, and preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them.

At a press statement on Thursday, the Asia Justice Coalition said: "It is imperative that Myanmar comply with the order of the International Court of Justice. This is a legally binding decision of the court, and Myanmar must fulfil the legal obligations arising from this order."

On November 11, 2019, The Gambia filed an application at the ICJ based on the Genocide Convention, relating to the extensively documented atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingyas by Myanmar.

The specific measures that the court has granted unanimously include the prevention of acts that may amount to genocide by Myanmar, ensuring that military, paramilitary and irregular armed units do not commit genocidal acts, ensuring that evidence in Myanmar is not destroyed, reporting back to the court on compliance within four months from the issuance of the decision and thereafter every six months during the course of the proceedings.

The Asia Justice Coalition urges members of the international community to unequivocally support the pursuit of justice for the Rohingyas, and to impress upon Myanmar the legal obligation to comply with the order of the court, the statement said.

The Asia Justice Coalition also emphasizes the importance of international justice and accountability initiatives to address the atrocities and pursue justice in Myanmar, on the basis of individual criminal responsibility as well as state responsibility, it said.  

"The former include proceedings instituted pursuant to universal jurisdiction at domestic courts in Argentina, as well as at the International Criminal Court. The latter is within the remit of the International Court of Justice, and this order is a first step in holding Myanmar to account," the statement added.

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