Title Myanmar Government pushes back against UN genocide decision Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC PM Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 5m33s Country Australia Date 24/01/20 Description Myanmar's Government is defiant after the UN's top court ordered that it take measures to prevent genocide and to preserve evidence in the case of the Rohingya Muslims.
The 17 judges of the International Court of Justice unanimously adopted the provisional measures, while they continue to deliberate a genocide case brought by the African Muslim majority nation, The Gambia.
The case stems from a 2017 crackdown by Myanmar's military in which it is claimed thousands of Rohingya were killed and atrocities committed, while 700,000 Rohingya fled the violence and remain in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Myanmar's Government has rejected the ICJ's findings and denies genocide, instead saying war crimes were committed and will be prosecuted.
But Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou, who was instrumental in bringing Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to The Hague, says he's happy with how the case is progressing.
So, can this provisional ruling be enforced?
Producer/Author Linda Mottram URL https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/myanmar-government-pushing-back-against-un-genocide-decision/11899254 Persons Melanie O'Brien
- Genocide Convention
- international law
- international court of justice