"The Rohingya have suffered enough and deserve nothing less than a dignified return to their homesteads, equality under the law, and a life of respect", said European Foundation For South Asian Studies (EFSAS), in its commentary, while referring to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's statement during ICJ hearing over alleged human rights abuses of Rohingya in her country.
"After all, the option of taking Myanmar to the ICJ, a palpably legitimate course of action, rather than illegally arming and training Rohingya militants, was equally available to Pakistan as it was to The Gambia if it had the best interests of the Rohingyas at heart", the EFSAS said.
Backed by the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Canada and the Netherlands, it is seeking emergency measures to prevent further violence against the Rohingya, pending a fuller case that could take years. Gambia has accused Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention over a military campaign that drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.
According to the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, the end of hostility between Myanmar's military and the Arakan Army (AA) is one of the key elements in solving long-standing conflicts in Rakhine State.
Suu Kyi is expected to offer closing remarks later Thursday.
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Gambia's attorney Abubacarr Marie Tambadou maintained there was evidence of genocidal acts against the Rohingya, adding that the case is now "in the hands of the court".
He said that those killed included "infants beaten to death or torn from their mothers' arms and thrown into rivers to drown. How many of them were terrorists?"
The lawyer said Suu Kyi had also failed to deny the conclusions of a 2018 United Nations investigation that found that genocide had been committed in Myanmar against the Rohingya. "Myanmar requests the court to remove the case from its list", Suu Kyi said on the final day of hearings on Thursday.
A choice on the measures may take months, whereas a last ruling if the ICJ decides to tackle the total case may take years.