The International Court of Justice (ICJ) dismissed Myanmar’s reason to object to the trial of a genocide case involving the country’s Rohingyas on Friday.
The Gambia’s case will now be heard in its entirety by the International Court of Justice.
Myanmar had objected to the ICJ’s and the Gambia’s jurisdiction for the trial of the case.
Rejecting Myanmar’s argument, the International Court of Justice stated that all members of the 1948 Genocide Convention can and must act to prevent genocide and that the court has jurisdiction in the case. The Gambia has stood as a signatory to the Genocide Convention, according to the ICJ.
The Gambia has claimed that the Myanmar army committed genocide against the Rohingya community. The Gambia has accused Myanmar’s army of genocide against the Rohingya community during a ‘clearance operation.’
According to Reuters, a separate UN fact-finding commission reported that the 2017 military campaign compelled more than 7.3 lakh Rohingyas to flee Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a provisional ruling in 2020 ordering Myanmar to safeguard the Rohingya from genocide, which was regarded as a legal victory trying to establish the rights of the Rohingya as a protected minority.