On Thursday, the International Court of Justice delivered its initial verdict on Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya community. In it, the United Nations’ top court ruled that Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent genocide of the Rohingya Muslims.
“The verdict means that Myanmar cannot commit genocide and it suggests that the Rohingya remain at risk of genocide. This is a clear victory for the Rohingya, for the Gambia, and for the genocide convention, and it is damaging to Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar. But the verdict also keeps the Rohingya in limbo for the foreseeable future because it suggests that conditions in Myanamr may not be amenable to repatriation.
“The verdict should review the international community’s commitment to providing humanitarian aid to the largest refugee crisis in the world.”