Burma's ‘Stunning Rebuke’ in The Hague

The International Court of Justice today ordered Burma (Myanmar) to do everything in its power to protect Rohingya Muslims years after its army killed an estimated 10,000 people and drove 700,000 from their homes., NPR reports.
 
The emergency measures are a preliminary step in a much longer legal battle—a case brought by The Gambia alleging that Burma violated the 1948 Genocide Convention.
 
The move is a “stunning rebuke” of Burma’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who personally defended Burma’s military to the court, said Reed Brody of the International Commission of Jurists, Al Jazeera reports.  

The unanimous ruling also demanded that Burma regularly report back on its progress.
 
But, notes Anna Roberts of the Burma Campaign UK, “The chances of Aung San Suu Kyi implementing this ruling will be zero unless significant international pressure is applied,” the New York Times reports.

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