Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have joined forces to file a genocide case against Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority at the United Nations’ top court in The Hague, a court said late Thursday.
The countries submitted a joint declaration of intervention to the ICJ, formally known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), citing a “common interest in achieving the noble objectives of the Convention” and invoking punitive measures under the 1948 Convention on Prevention and Control for the purpose of genocide. .
A U.N. fact-finding mission concluded that Myanmar’s 2017 military campaign, which displaced 730,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh, involved “acts of genocide.”
Myanmar denies genocide and refuses to admit that the UN findings were “biased and flawed”. The crackdown is said to be targeting Rohingya rebels who carried out the attacks.
The court announced on Thursday that the Maldives had joined the list of countries intervening in the case.