In its landmark decision, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared that Rohingyas must be protected against genocide.
Here are the four major decisions that the ICJ’s panel of 17 judges:
It established that the court has the right to hear the case. It also ruled that the Gambia was well within its rights to bring this case to the court under the Genocide Convention, contrary to Burma’s contention that it had no such right. It ordered Burma to protect all 600,000 Rohingyas who are left in Burma from all military, and paramilitary forces from harming them physically or mentally. The court ordered Burma to preserve all evidence of genocide.
The court asked Myanmar to submit a report within 4 months .
The ruling of the court was unanimous, including even the assent of a Burmese and Chinese judge.
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Burma Task Force, a project of Justice For All. now asks Burma and Bangladesh both to allow Rohingya the right to education, the right to earn a living and the right to travel as soon as possible.
Burma and ICJ Reporting 2020
The International Court of Justice had several recommendations for Myanmar to follow. Burma Task Force tracked these for months on if Myanmar is working on its obligations as required by the international community. The reports are: Burma And ICJ Compliance – June 2020 Report Download Report as PDF Burma And ICJ Compliance – May 2020…
Burma ICJ Compliance – May 2020 Report
Introduction As a program of the human rights advocacy organization Justice for All, Burma Task Force has been examining Burma’s compliance with International Court of Justice (ICJ) directives to protect the Rohingya minority from genocide and to ensure accountability. On January 23, 2020, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued four “provisional measures” directing the…
Burma and ICJ Compliance – April 2020 Report
Introduction The Rohingya people of Rakhine State, Burma, have suffered from years of discriminatory legal treatment and wholesale marginalization, mass displacement, mass atrocities and war crimes that in sum amount to Genocide. As a program of the human rights advocacy organization Justice for All, Burma Task Force has been examining Burma’s compliance with ICJ directives…
Burma and ICJ Compliance – March 2020 Report
On January 23, 2020, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued four “provisional measures” directing the government of Burma (Myanmar) to protect the Rohingya minority from the crime of Genocide. The Burmese government is now required to submit an initial report after four months and thereafter at 6-month intervals, detailing efforts to implement these legally…
Burma And ICJ Compliance – February 2020 Report
On January 23, 2020, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued four “provisional measures”22 directing the government of Myanmar to protect the Rohingya minority from the crime of Genocide. At the request of the ICJ, the government of Myanmar is now required to submit an initial report after four months and thereafter at 6-month intervals,…
On November 11, 2019, The Republic of The Gambia filed suit against Myanmar (Burma) in the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) for violating the Genocide Convention. According to the UN Human Rights Council-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM), the treatment of the Rohingya population amounts to genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. In its final report, published in September 2019, the FFM concluded that “the State of Myanmar breached its obligation not to commit genocide” and found that Myanmar “continues to harbor genocidal intent” towards the Rohingya.
This pivotal lawsuit at the ICJ brings a critical focus to Burma’s responsibility as a state for genocide and compliments ongoing investigations into individual accountability at the International Criminal Court.
First round of oral observations of The Gambia
First round of oral observations of Myanmar
Second round of oral observations of The Gambia
Second round of oral observations of Myanmar
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Verbatim record 2019/20
Press release 2019/54
Verbatim record 2019/21
Public sitting held on Thursday 12 December 2019, at 4.30 p.m., at the Peace Palace, President Yusuf presiding, in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)
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Verbatim record 2019/19
Verbatim record 2019/18
Press release 2019/49
Press release 2019/47
Application instituting proceedings and Request for the indication of provisional measures
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This is the last chance for her to restore her international stature. The best thing she could say would be to admit that crimes have been committed and [that she will] cooperate. Evidence of genocide should be preserved, the Rohingya should have their citizenship restored and be allowed to return.”
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid to The Guardian
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“I’m sure she is doing a disservice to her government and her cause by showing up… She is providing infamous star power to the case.”
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid to The NY Times
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