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Preventing genocide should be the interest of ASEAN

  • Yuyun Wahyuningrum

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 19 2020   /  01:00 am
In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020 Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia.Some 15,000 Rohingya refugees are now under coronavirus quarantine in Bangladesh's vast camps, officials said Monday, as the number of confirmed infections rose to 29.(AFP/Suzauddin Rubel )

On Jan. 23, 2020, 17 judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) voted unanimously to order Myanmar to take all measures to prevent genocide against the Rohingya population residing in Rakhine state. The court also ordered Myanmar to submit a report on the implementation of the decision within four months and thereafter every six months. On May 22, one day ahead of the deadline, Myanmar submitted the report to the ICJ. By submitting the report, Myanmar signaled its willingness to comply with the genocide convention and cooperate with the court. Myanmar also set a new standard on a similar case, as historically many states have failed to comply with the provisional measures ordered by the ICJ, for example, Serbia and Uganda. Initially, doubts lingered as to whether Myanmar would comply with the system. One official from Myanmar had denounced the court decision and portrayed i...