(CNN)The top court of the United Nations has ordered Myanmar to prevent acts of genocide against the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority and to stop destroying evidence, in a landmark case at The Hague. The case was brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Netherlands by the tiny West African nation of Gambia, which in November alleged that Myanmar committed “genocidal acts” that “were intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group” through mass murder, rape, and destruction of communities. It asked the 15-judge court to enact provisional measures to compel the Myanmar government and military to end all acts that amount to or contribute to genocide, and to ensure Myanmar preserves evidence that could play a part in the case. The emergency measures act like an injunction while the main genocide case gets underway. That central case has not yet been heard and it could take years to reach a verdict. Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi says genocide claims are ‘misleading’ In its ruling on Thursday, which was unanimous, the court determined that it has jurisdiction to hear allegations of genocide made by Gambia against Myanmar. Read More The court found that Myanmar did… Read full this story
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