The court issued the order by taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the case and its gravity
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has fixed the time limits for initial pleadings for the Gambia and Myanmar in the case filed against Naypyidaw for its alleged violation of the genocide convention.
The ICJ fixed July 23, 2020 and January 25, 2021 as the respective time limits for the filing of a memorial by the Gambia and a counter-memorial by Myanmar, according to a press release issued by the top UN court on Tuesday.
The court issued the order by taking into account the exceptional circumstances of the case and its gravity, the press statement said.
On November 11, the Gambia, on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), filed a case with the ICJ, based in the Netherlands, accusing Myanmar of violating the genocide convention.
At the same time, The Gambia also requested the court to issue an order on some specific provisional measures to protect the Rohingya community in Myanmar, as it takes years for the cases to be disposed off at the ICJ.
The ICJ held hearings on December 10-12, where both the Gambia and Myanmar made their representations.
On January 23, the top UN court issued orders on the request of provisional measures, directing Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect and safeguard its Muslim minority Rohingya population from persecution and atrocities, and preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them.