Press Release: January 23, 2020
International Community Must Press Myanmar to Comply With International Court of Justice Ruling
International Campaign for the Rohingya today welcomed the ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for provisional measures to be taken by the government of Burma to prevent what the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar described as an “ongoing genocide.”
In an historic ruling, the Court unanimously issued four provisional measures related to compliance with the Genocide Convention and implementation of those measures. Among other measures, the ICJ ordered Burma to preserve evidence of genocide and to report on its compliance with the provisional measures in four months and then every six months thereafter.
“It is now imperative that the international community apply sufficient pressure on Myanmar to comply with the International Court of Justice’s rulings and end its genocide of the Rohingya,” stated Simon Billenness, Executive Director of the International Campaign for the Rohingya and Campaign Director of No Business With Genocide. “We urge governments to impose tough sanctions on the Myanmar military and its business empire. We further call on corporations to end any business relationships with companies owned or controlled by the Burmese army. There can be no longer be “business as usual” with the perpetrators of genocide.”
International Campaign for the Rohingya has organized a consumer boycott of Kirin to press the Japanese mega-brewer to end its business partnership with Burma’s military. Through Kirin’s joint venture with Burmese military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings, Kirin is legitimizing the military and providing them with profits as they face accusations of genocide in the UN’s top court.
The United Nations-mandated International Independent Fact-Finding Mission urged the international community to “sever ties with Myanmar’s military and the vast web of companies it controls and relies on” as “any foreign business activity involving the Tatmadaw (military) and its conglomerates MEHL and MEC poses a high risk of contributing to, or being linked to, violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. At a minimum, these foreign companies are contributing to supporting the Tatmadaw’s financial capacity.”
For more information contact:
Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya
Campaign Director, No Business With Genocide
Mobile (US): 617-596-6158