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FM Momen calls ICJ order a victory for humanity, milestone for rights activists

  • Published at 06:20 pm January 23rd, 2020
File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The World Court has ordered Myanmar to take all measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingyas

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday termed the International Court of Justice (ICJ) order in the Rohingya genocide case “a victory for humanity and a milestone for human rights activists across the world.”

In his immediate reaction from Ecuador, where the foreign minister is currently in, Momen also said this was a victory for The Gambia, OIC, Rohingyas, and of course, for Bangladesh, reports UNB.

“God bless humanity and also the mother of humanity Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingyas.

The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the ICJ “is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable.”

The World Court accepted all four provisional measure requests from the Gambia in a unanimous — all 15 judges — verdict and asked Myanmar to submit a report within four months confirming measures taken, and after that, report every six months.

Using the term “Rohingya,” the court also rejected Myanmar’s claim and asked it to stop genocide and atrocities against the minority group.

Foreign Minister Momen said such verdict hopefully will stop the recurrence of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the world.