Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ), Brac University commends the decision announced by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to grant four of the provisional measures requested by the Gambia.
The provisional measures are the initial step of what will be a multi-year process as the court hears The Gambia’s case against Myanmar for the crime of genocide against the Rohingya.This week, Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) announced its finding that war crimes were committed against the Rohingya and that excessive force was used.
However, the ICOE declared that there was no genocidal intent. Rohingya survivors of the brutal crackdown by the Myanmar army would beg to differ, and the ICJ concurred that there is a possibility that genocide was indeed committed.
For the last two years, CPJ researchers and volunteers recorded accounts of numerous survivors fled Myanmar in the face of brutal persecution by armed forces, denial of identity and pogrom waged against them.
The failures of Myanmar’s domestic accountability mechanisms lay bare the need for international justice and accountability.
Today, the court of justice asserted its power to try the case and to grant provisional measures for immediate action by Myanmar.
CPJ feels that the provisional measures are an important and necessary step toward protecting Rohingyas in Rakhine State, whose loved ones Bangladesh is hosting in the camps of Cox’s Bazar.By following the measures, Myanmar can begin stabilising the situation for not only the Rohingya but for all affected communities as the wheels of justice begin to slowly turn.
Furthermore, by requiring Myanmar to preserve evidence, the provisional measures will help justice mechanisms to proceed unhindered.
CPJ calls on Myanmar to respect the ICJ’s ruling and ensure the provisional measures are fully implemented in a quickest time.