Rushanara Ali MP Statement on UK joining the International Court of Justice Rohingya genocide case

Rushanara Ali MP welcomed the UK government’s announcement to join the ICJ Rohingya genocide case. 

“I welcome the announcement that the government is finally joining the ICJ case”, said Rushanara Ali MP, Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Rohingya Rights and Democracy in Burma.  

“This is an announcement that has been long in the making and is supported by Parliamentarians across the house.” 

The announcement comes on the same day as the five-year anniversary of the Burmese military’s renewed attacks on the Rohingya people. The impunity for the Rohingya genocide was part of the military’s calculation that they would also get away with a military coup. 

 Rushanara Ali MP said: 

“In December 2020, over a hundred Parliamentarians joined me in signing a letter to the then Foreign Secretary, urging the UK government to formally join the International Court of Justice Case. I am pleased that the government has finally listened to our plea.

I am incredibly grateful to my co-chairs Jeremy Hunt MP and Baroness Cox along with MPs and Peers across parties, with human rights organisations and Rohingya civil society organisations, for campaigning for the British government to join this hugely important case for many years." 

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