Gambia’s role in holding Burma accountable for genocide

Democracy Now!

Published on Jan 26, 2020

In a major ruling, the U.N. International Court of Justice at The Hague has ordered Burma to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocide. The court called the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma, also known as Myanmar, “extremely vulnerable” to military violence. The case came to the ICJ from an unexpected source, Gambia, which took the case on behalf of the 57-country Organization of Islamic Cooperation. “The attorney general of the Gambia happened to have been a prosecutor of the Rwandan genocide and he felt that he was seeing the same thing happen,” says Reed Brody, a spokesperson for Human Rights Watch who has worked extensively in Gambia. He says the country’s involvement in the ICJ case is a “very rare instance of south-south solidarity,” showing “little Gambia sticking up for a minority all the way across the world.”

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