Gambia appealed to the United Nation’s highest court Wednesday to reject Myanmar’s legal effort to end a case alleging genocide by the Southeast Asian country against its Rohingya Muslim minority.
Gambia brought the case before the International Court of Justice in 2019, arguing the Myanmar junta violated the 1948 genocide convention during a 2017 crackdown on the Rohingya. Gambia argues the crackdown amounted to genocide and that the world court must hold Myanmar accountable.
The Myanmar military launched what it called a clearance campaign in Rakhine state following an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group. Security forces allegedly committed mass rapes and murders, and they burned thousands of homes as some 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to neighboring Bangladesh. A U.N. fact-finding mission concluded the "genocidal acts" were committed during the campaign.