World Court orders Myanmar to impose measures to protect Rohingya

Thursday January 23 2020

President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (centre) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23, 2020 in the lawsuit filed by The Gambia against Myanmar in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. PHOTO | ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN | ANP | AFP


The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take sweeping provisional measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population and avoid acts that could constitute genocide.

In a victory for Gambia, which filed the case accusing Myanmar of genocide, the panel of 17 judges unanimously supported imposing measures on Myanmar to protect any evidence of crimes that could be used by the court in later hearings.

The Rohingya remain “at serious risk of genocide,” the court found, ordering Myanmar to report back within four months on the steps it had taken to comply with its decision.