Human Rights

Rights group appeals for justice for Rohingya ahead of ICJ hearing

BRUSSELS, A human rights group Tuesday called on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to ensure that justice can be delivered to the Rohingya victims in Myanmar in the face of overwhelming evidence of genocide committed by the Burmese military against Rohingya population.

“This is a challenge between the International Justice System and the genocidal generals of Burma.

The credibility of international justice system may find itself questionable should it fail to deliver any legal remedy to the Rohingya crisis,” said the Burma Human Rights Network in a statement.

The appeal was made as the UN court based at the Hague begins a 3-day hearing today after The Gambia filed a case against Mynamar in November.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Canada are now also now supporting Gambai in the case against Myanamar, Dutch media reported Tuesday.

Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok told members of Dutch parliament, “we decided to work together (with Canada) to give all possible support and assistance.

The Netherlands is also keen to see as many other countries as possible involved,” DutchNews NL website quoted him saying.

The Gambia will outline its case against Myanmar, which it is bringing with the support of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and a team of international lawyers.

Myanmar’s defacto leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the Netherlands on Sunday and will hear the allegations during Tuesday’s opening session, said DutchNews NL.

Gambia has asked the ICJ to impose provisional measures to protect the Rohingya before the full case can be heard.

More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017 after a military-led crackdown.

“As the case moves forward all parties involved must remain committed to truth and justice.

The outcome will have huge implications for the future of the Rohingya’s safety, dignity and human rights.

The case will also send a message to the world about the ability of the ICJ and UNSC to deliver justice,” said the Burma Human Rights Network.

Source: Kuwait News Agency