Human rights lawyer U Aung Htoo talks to The Irrawaddy about the ICJ genocide case and its impact on views of justice and national reconciliation in Myanmar.
At a hearing in The Hague, Gambia denied the Myanmar junta’s claim that the African nation is acting as a proxy for the Organization for Islamic Cooperation in the case.
The junta said the ICJ lacks jurisdiction because the ‘real applicant’ in the case against Myanmar is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is not a state.
The military regime representatives have taken over the defense of Myanmar from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whom it has detained; it will ask the court to dismiss the case.
Allowing illegitimate regimes to represent their nations at the ICJ would undermine the UN Charter and call the court’s role in promoting the rule of law into question.
The next hearings in the case brought by Gambia have been scheduled for the third week of February.
A court hearing the State Counselor’s trial for violating COVID-19 restrictions agreed to allow ousted Mandalay Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung to testify in the case.
Resuming economic projects and reappointing cabinet ministers from the U Thein Sein government are just some of the ways the regime is trying to turn back the clock.