(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/23/20)Â â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya Muslim population from acts of genocide.
That ruling came as the result of a lawsuit launched by Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim population. In a unanimous statement by the 17 judge ICJ panel, the court said Myanmar must â€œtake all measures within its power to prevent all actsâ€ prohibited under the 1948 Genocide Convention, and report back within four months.
SEE: World Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya from Acts of Genocide
â€œWe welcome the fact that international institutions are finally taking some action to protect Myanmarâ€™s Rohingya Muslims from ongoing genocide,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. â€œThis strong ruling should prompt other nations to take concrete steps to protect Rohingya Muslims and to bring to justice those who carried out and continue to carry out acts of genocide.â€
Awad noted that CAIRâ€™s Greater Los Angeles area chapter recently won an asylum case for a Muslim who fled Myanmar because he was persecuted on the basis of his religion.
CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.Â