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UK, Canada, 4 EU nations join case against Myanmar

UNB . Dhaka
20 Nov 2023 18:03:19 | Update: 20 Nov 2023 18:03:19
UK, Canada, 4 EU nations join case against Myanmar
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Germany, along with five other countries, stand united at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar.

“Our joint intervention emphasizes accountability for states and focuses on ending sexual violence,” said the German Embassy in Dhaka.

Germany called for an end to violence in Myanmar.

On November 15, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom filed a joint declaration of intervention in the case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar at the ICJ.

In these proceedings, The Gambia alleges violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). It argues that Myanmar’s security forces perpetrate widespread and systemic “clearance operations” against the Rohingya, and that “genocidal acts committed during these operations were intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group, in whole or in part, by the use of mass murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, as well as the systematic destruction by fire of their villages, often with inhabitants locked inside burning houses”.

These six countries are exercising the right to intervene in this case under Article 63(2) of the Statute of the Court in order to set out their interpretation of the relevant provisions of the Genocide Convention before the court. They recall that the Genocide Convention requires states parties to prevent the crime of genocide and hold those responsible to account.