The Hague: (HRNW) The UN’s top court told Myanmar on Thursday to take urgent steps to prevent the alleged genocide of the Buddhist nation’s minority Rohingya Muslims.
The order was the first time that Myanmar has faced justice over a 2017 military crackdown that sent around 740,000 Rohingya fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh.
The International Court of Justice in The Hague granted a series of emergency steps requested by the mainly Muslim African state of The Gambia under the 1948 Genocide Convention.
Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said Myanmar must “take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts” described by the convention.
These included “killing members of the group” and “deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”
He added that the “court was of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable.”
The court ordered Myanmar to report back within four months, and then every six months after that.