The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take provisional steps to protect the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community, AP reported. The world court, an organ of the United Nations, said it has the preliminary jurisdiction to investigate allegations of genocide in Myanmar.
The court’s president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the ICJ “is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable”. The court said its order for provisional measures was binding and creates “international legal obligations” on Myanmar.
The court also ordered Myanmar to report to the judges in four months about the measures taken to comply with the order. It has to then report every six months.