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The Gambia Government Calls on Myanmar Military to Immediately Release All Detained Civilian leaders, Abide by the International Court of Justice’s Order on Rohingya Muslims



Ebrima G Sankareh
Government Spokesman

The Gambia Government Spokesperson

Press Release Dated: 3rd February, 2021

Following the recent military takeover in Myanmar, The Gambia Government joins the rest of the international community to express concern over these worrisome political developments, particularly with so many civilian leaders being detained. The Gambia Government calls for their immediate release and respect for democratic norms and processes.


The Gambia’s particular concern is for the welfare of the Rohingya minority group, whose protection from genocide is what The Gambia has been seeking in the International Court of Justice.


We are gravely concerned that the same military leadership that marginalized the Rohingya has now seized full control of the Myanmar government, and we fear they may launch another so-called “clearance operation” to rid the country of the approximately 600,000 Rohingya who survived the last round of human rights violence. We are thus monitoring events very closely. 


Meanwhile, we emphasize that the Court’s Provisional Measures, ordered in January 2020, are binding on Myanmar, no matter who heads the government. We demand that the military officials who have seized power abide by the Court’s orders and Myanmar’s international obligations.


Ebrima G. Sankareh

The Gambia Government Spokesperson

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