Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

World Court to rule on emergency measures in Rohingya genocide case

World Court to rule on emergency measures in Rohingya genocide case

"There is insufficient evidence to argue, much less conclude, that the crimes committed were undertaken with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, or with any other requisite mental state for the global crime of genocide", it said.

Presiding Judge Yusuf Abdulqawi, in the first minutes of reading the court's decision, said the court does have sufficient jurisdiction to decide on the request for emergency measures in the case, which was brought by Gambia.

At the end of an hour-long sitting in the court's wood-paneled Great Hall of Justice, judges also ordered Myanmar to report to them in four months on what measures the country has taken to comply with the order and then to report every six months as the case moves slowly through the world court.

More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state to neighboring Bangladesh during the weekslong crackdown that was widely condemned internationally.

The court's rulings are final and without appeal, although it has no real way of enforcing them.

"The Burmese (Myanmar) government and the army tried to wipe out the entire Rohingya community". "Concerned governments and United Nations bodies should now weigh in to ensure that the order is enforced as the genocide case moves forward". On September 2, 2017, Guterres wrote a letter to the Security Council president urging the council to "press for restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, " and for "full respect for human rights and worldwide humanitarian law, and the continued presence and safety of the United Nations partners to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need without disruption". "Even though the situation in Myanmar is highly political and fragile, global law still plays a role by informing decision-making among worldwide actors", she told AFP.

A panel set up by Myanmar's government has not found evidence of genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

In a rare joint statement Wednesday, more than 100 Myanmar civil society organisations expressed support for the ICJ case.

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The military dodged questions in the capital Naypyidaw on Thursday morning, with a spokesman telling reporters it would simply "follow the instructions of the government".

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi last month personally went to The Hague to argue her country was capable of investigating any allegations of abuse.

The Gambia brought the case with the backing of the 57-nation Organisation for Islamic Cooperation.

Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi did not attend Thursday's ruling, where Myanmar was represented by Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe.

Myanmar President Win Myint said he "concurred" with the findings of the commission and vowed to pursue further investigations.

The panel concluded that "war crimes and serious human rights violations, and violations of domestic law took place", and that there are "reasonable grounds" to conclude members of the security forces among "multiple actors" responsible.

But it said there was "insufficient evidence" of genocide.

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