Myanmar Government pushes back against UN genocide decision

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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?

Period24 Jan 2020

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  • TitleMyanmar Government pushes back against UN genocide decision
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletABC PM
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size5m33s
    CountryAustralia
    Date24/01/20
    DescriptionMyanmar'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/AuthorLinda Mottram
    URLhttps://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/myanmar-government-pushing-back-against-un-genocide-decision/11899254
    PersonsMelanie O'Brien

Keywords

  • Genocide
  • Genocide Convention
  • Rohingya
  • Gambia
  • Myanmar
  • international law
  • international court of justice