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25 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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UN chief hails ruling

UK, Sweden encourage Myanmar to comply
UNB, Dhaka

Welcoming the top UN court’s order that asked Myanmar to take all measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingyas, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said he trusts that Myanmar will duly comply with the court's order.

The United Kingdom and Sweden have also welcomed the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling and said they encourage the Myanmar government to comply with the provisional measures, which are legally-binding.

"In accordance with the Statute of the Court, the Secretary-General will promptly transmit the notice of the provisional measures ordered by the Court to the Security Council," said

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN chief.   Briefing media at the UN headquarters in New York yesterday, Farhan said the UN Secretary General also recalled that pursuant to the Charter and to the Statute of the Court, decisions of the Court are binding.

 “I can say that the Secretary-General welcomes the Order of the International Court of Justice, indicating provisional measures in the case of The Gambia against Myanmar on the alleged breaches of the Genocide Convention,” Farhan said.

The Secretary-General strongly supports the use of peaceful means to settle international disputes, he added.

British Minister for Asia and the Pacific Heather Wheeler has said they encourage the government of Myanmar to comply with the provisional measures, which are legally-binding, and implement the Commission’s recommendations.

“We welcome the International Court of Justice’s decision today on provisional measures,” said the Minister in a statement.

The Court was clear that Myanmar must do more to protect the Rohingyas, Minister Wheeler said.

“The Independent Commission of Enquiry’s admission of atrocities and its recommendations are an important first step towards meaningful domestic accountability, though we don’t agree with much of the Commission’s analysis,” said the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sweden has also welcomed the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and expects Myanmar to implement the measures promptly.

“An important step for justice and accountability,” Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde tweeted mentioning that Sweden welcomes the ICJ decision ordering provisional measures to prevent further mass atrocity crimes in Myanmar against Rohingyas.  

In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations’ top court ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people. The court’s president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice “is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable.”

The court added that its order for so-called provisional measures intended to protect the Rohingya is binding “and creates international legal obligations” on Myanmar.

At the end of an hour-long sitting in the court’s wood-paneled Great Hall of Justice, judges also ordered Myanmar to report to them in four months on what measures the country has taken to comply with the order and then to report every six months as the case moves slowly through the world court.

 Rights activists immediately welcomed the unanimous decision.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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