Gambia will be taking Myanmar to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to face charges of genocide against its Rohingya minority, Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice Abubacarr Marie Tambadou announced at a conclave on Justice and Accountability for the Rohingya at Hague in Netherlands.
The charges, which will be filed by the Gambian Ministry of Justice’s legal team, will be the first time the Myanmar authorities will be accused of the crime of genocide at the ICJ, said a Asia Justice Coalition press release.The Asia Justice Coalition is a network of organisations promoting justice and accountability for gross violations of international human rights law in Asia.
The conclave on Justice and Accountability for the Rohingya on Saturday was co-convened by the Asia Justice Coalition and the Centre of Peace and Justice of BRAC University. The conclave was hosted at the Hague by the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University.
More than 100 participants, including senior government officials, leading international human rights lawyers, human rights activists, and leaders of the Rohingya community, took part in the conclave to discuss issues of justice and accountability for the crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya.
“I can confirm that on October 4, I have instructed our lawyers to file the case at the ICJ,” Abubacarr M Tambadou told participants at the conclave.
“I could smell the stench of genocide from miles away when I visited the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. It was all too familiar for me, after a decade of interacting with the victims of the Rwandan mass rapes, killings and genocide”, added Abubacarr M Tambadou.
Abubacarr M. Tambadou previously served as a special assistant to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.The crimes committed against the Rohingya people, he added, illustrate the failure of the international community to prevent genocide, 75 years after it committed itself to the promise of “never again” at the Nuremberg Trials.
Speakers at the conclave included Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, who affirmed the need to hold Myanmar accountable for crimes against the Rohingya.