Published: Tue, December 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rights Groups Launch Myanmar Boycott ahead of Hague Genocide Hearings

Rights Groups Launch Myanmar Boycott ahead of Hague Genocide Hearings

Bosnia and Herzegovina had asked for provisional measures when filing its Genocide Convention case against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on March 20, 1993.

Earlier this year, an ICC team visited Rohingya refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh to gather information and lay the ground work for a potential case against Myanmar.

Rather, the case is "state-to-state" litigation between UN member states governed by legal provisions in the UN Charter, the ICJ Statute, and the Genocide Convention, Human Rights Watch said.

"We've discussed internally on what documents we can further share", an official from Bangladesh delegation told UNB over the phone.

Canada recognized the crimes against the Rohingya as constituting genocide through a unanimous motion in the House of Commons in September 2018.

"I think she genuinely believes that there can be no one better to represent the country", he added. "They have travelled a long way to be here", Mulvey said outside the court. Each judge is elected to serve a nine-year term.

Meanwhile, human rights groups highly critical of Rohingya persecution on Monday called for a global boycott of Myanmar, a day before the country is set to face hearings at the ICJ on allegations of genocide against the community, according to france24.com, the online news portal of France's state-owned worldwide news television network.

The Netherlands has pledged to fully support The Gambia in the genocide case it has brought against Mynamar which opens at the UN's International Court of Justice in The Hague on Tuesday.

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The case was filed by the Gambia, as Chair of the OIC Ad Hoc Ministerial Committee on Accountability for Human Rights Violations against the Rohingya, for violations by Myanmar of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. If granted, the measures could impose immediately binding obligations on Myanmar.

A separate court, also based in The Hague, the International Criminal Court, in November authorized an investigation into crimes against humanity over the forced deportation of 740,000 Rohingya.

The Free Rohingya Coalition said in a statement it was starting the "Boycott Myanmar Campaign" with 30 organisations in 10 countries. The mission concluded in 2019 that "the State of Myanmar breached its obligation not to commit genocide under the Genocide Convention". Indeed, the original statement issued by her office last month via Facebook, which said that Suu Kyi's appearance was created to "defend the national interest of Myanmar at the ICJ", captures the essence of this sentiment, and it is one that has been echoed in some of the rallies we have seen over the past week.

Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who arrived in the Netherlands on Sunday, will defend her country's record during three days of hearings initiated after a lawsuit was filed by the Gambia in November.

"If Aung San Suu Kyi is serious about serving the people of Myanmar, she should be standing side by side with victims and survivors in the pursuit of justice, truth and reparation". Myanmar will present its side Wednesday. "We want justice with the help of the global community".

Aye Lwin from Yangon's Islamic Centre of Myanmar said he thought Ms Suu Kyi was doing the right thing by personally assuming responsibility and going to The Hague, where the full breadth of atrocities committed will be laid bare.

The on-going Rohingya influx took the number of undocumented Myanmar nationals and registered refugees in Bangladesh to about 1.2 million, according to estimates by United Nations agencies and Bangladesh authorities.

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