An extraordinary event took place on Thursday (December 12, 2019) in The Hague, the Netherlands. An International Court of Justice (ICJ) panel wound up the first phase of a legal process aimed at determining whether Myanmar committed an act of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority. It is the first step toward justice for the Rohingya people: our world’s longest-suffering and most persecuted people.
This briefing note focusses on the upcoming hearing between The Gambia and Myanmar on the narrow issue of “provisional measures,” set down for 10-12 December 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)1 and does not seek to address the wider, substantive, proceedings.
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The Court meets this morning to hear the first round of oral observations of Myanmar on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by The Gambia. I shall now give the floor to the Agent of Myanmar, Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. You have the floor, Madam.
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To the Registrar of the International Court of Justice, The undersigned, being duly authorized by the Government of the Republic of The Gambia, states as follows:
1. In accordance with Articles 36(1) and 40 of the Statute of the Court and Article 38 of the Rules of Court, I have the honour to submit this Application instituting proceedings in the name of the Republic of The Gambia (“The Gambia”) against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“Myanmar”). Pursuant to Article 41 of the Statute, the Application includes a request that the Court indicate provisional measures to protect the rights invoked herein from imminent and irreparable loss.
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Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
Press Release: 10 December 2019
Rohingya express solidarity with Gambia
Since the late 1970’s until present, the Rohingya have been ruthlessly persecuted and left stateless within their homeland, Burma/Myanmar. In August 2017, the world witnessed the horrors of genocide the Rohingya people have faced for decades. We call upon the international community to continue to look for mechanisms which can deliver justice, in addition to helping resolve the issues the Rohingya face with regards to a voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return to our ancestral homeland in Myanmar.