Myanmar: Rohingya

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 30th March 2021.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether a date has been set for making a decision on whether the UK will make an intervention in the Rohingya genocide case at the International Court of Justice.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK supports the International Criminal Justice (ICJ) process which is putting pressure on Myanmar to protect the Rohingya. We are clear that Myanmar must comply with the provisional measures ruling. We have reiterated our support to the ICJ process in Parliament, at the UN Security Council, and through public statements. We provided funding to enable Rohingya refugees to attend the ICJ hearing in December 2019. We are monitoring developments closely and have not yet decided whether to intervene. The rules governing an intervention are set out in the Statute and Rules of Court of the ICJ. Myanmar filed preliminary objections on 20 January 2021, and the Gambia now has until 20 May 2021 to file observations and submissions on those objections. The Court has not yet determined the timetable beyond that point.

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