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International Court of Justice Begins Hearing of Gambia V. Myanmar

February 21, 2022

[Image Credit: UN Photo/ ICJ-CIJ/ Frank van Beek]

Cited Press Release by The International Court of Justice

HRRC condemns the human rights abuses against and genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar. The ICJ proceedings are an important step in attaining justice for these crimes, and hopefully will allow for a path towards healing and prevention of future abuses.

Article Summary

Starting on February 21, 2022 the public hearing for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) case of Gambia V. Myanmar began, with the expectation of concluding on February 28, 2022. This hearing will be streamed live in English and in French on the ICJ website, as well as via UN Web TV. These hearings will focus on the preliminary objections raised by Myanmar for the application of the of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide Convention.

This case was filed against Myanmar by Gambia in November 2019, and alleges that the governing body of Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya people that largely resided within the Myanmar Rakhine State. The case largely focuses on the 2016-2017 "Clearance Operations" that were conducted by the Myanmar security force that targeted Rohingya with killings, torture, gender-based violence, and displacement.


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