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British-Lebanese lawyer said she is delighted to represent the Rohingya before the International Court of Justice.
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The Maldives has hired the services of prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent the persecuted Rohingya at the United Nations court.
"I am delighted to have been asked to represent the Maldives before the International Court of Justice. Accountability for genocide in Myanmar is long overdue and I look forward to working on this important effort to seek judicial remedies for Rohingya survivors," the British-Lebanese lawyer said.

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Clooney is married to Hollywood actor George Clooney.
Maldives said it will file a written declaration of intervention at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) supporting the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar.
"In line with the decision taken at the 14th Islamic Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Republic of Maldives intends to extend its support for the efforts to seek accountability for the acts of genocide committed against the Rohingya people," Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid said.
The move comes after The Gambia filed a case of genocide against Myanmar at the ICJ last November. The court ruled that Myanmar should take preventive measures to prevent the genocide of the community.
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Rohingya leaders welcomed the move by the Maldives.
Ro Nay San Lwin, rights activist and co-founder of Free Rohingya Coalition, said in a tweet: "#Rohingya have been seeking justice since 1978 when genocide against them effectively began. Your action today speaks louder than the countless statements about us which are issued. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.
According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, fled Myanmar into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority in August 2017, pushing the number of persecuted people in Bangladesh above 1.2 million.
Since August 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar's security forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
More than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires, while at least 114,000 others were beaten, said the OIDA report, titled Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience.
Some 18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar's army and police and more than 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down while 113,000 others were vandalised, it added.[/size]
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Post by Admin on Wed 26 Feb 2020, 19:33

Wait. Wasn't she also hired by the ousted Maldives president to represent him against the very government she's now been hired by to represent the Rohingya????
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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 26 Feb 2020, 19:40

Yep! Interesting, isn't it? Lawyers see ethics so differently from the rest of us.
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Post by Admin on Wed 26 Feb 2020, 19:46

I don't know if it's exactly unethical as such as these are two completely different legal cases, but I find it weird. And there's been an election in the Maldives so the current government isn't exactly the one she was hired to work against, but still.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 26 Feb 2020, 19:56

Since it is two different cases , they obviously feel she is the lawyer they want.

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Post by party animal - not! on Wed 26 Feb 2020, 20:04

Mohammed Nasheed is now back in the government and helped the Democratic Party win a landslide with two thirds of the vote a few months ago...

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Post by LizzyNY on Wed 26 Feb 2020, 23:07

Maybe he was influential in getting Amal involved in the Rohingya case.
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Post by annemarie on Fri 28 Feb 2020, 11:54

Amal Clooney to pursue Rohingya case at The Hague
Human rights lawyer will represent Maldives, which is joining the Gambia in taking Myanmar to court for alleged genocide


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Amal Clooney will represent the Maldives in seeking justice for Rohingya Muslims at the UN’s highest court, where Myanmar faces accusations of genocide.
The Maldivian government has said it will join the Gambia in challenging Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya people during an army crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017 that forced more than 700,000 people to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.
In a unanimous decision in January, the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague imposed emergency “provisional measures” on Myanmar, instructing it to prevent genocidal violence against its Rohingya minority and preserve any evidence of past crimes.
The ruling was an outright rejection of the defence put forward by Aung San Suu Kyi, who attended court in person to defend the military’s actions. In evidence to the court she urged ICJ judges to dismiss allegations of genocide and instead allow the country’s court martial system to deal with any human rights abuses. A final judgement is expected to take years.

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In a statement, Clooney, the human rights lawyer and barrister at Doughty Street Chambers in London, said: “Accountability for genocide in Myanmar is long overdue and I look forward to working on this important effort to seek judicial remedies for Rohingya survivors.”
Clooney successfully represented former the Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed and secured a UN decision that his 2015 jailing for 13 years was illegal.
She also represented Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who spent more than 500 days in prison in Myanmar convicted of breaking the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The journalists had been working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in Rakhine state. They were freed in May 2019.
The Gambia, a predominantly Muslim west African state, took the lead in the legal action when it submitted an application to the ICJ in 2019 alleging Myanmar breached the genocide convention, which was enacted after the Holocaust.
Myanmar is accused over mass murder, rape and destruction of communities during an army crackdown in 2017. A UN fact-finding mission declared that the violence had “genocidal intent”.

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The Maldives has hired British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Clooney to represent its case against Myanmar in an ongoing trial at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
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Clooney, the wife of Hollywood actor and producer George Clooney, was brought on board by the tiny island nation as part of the country’s move to formally join The Gambia in filing a case of genocide against Myanmar over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
The case, primarily focused on the brutal 2017 crackdown on the Muslim minority by the Myanmar military, has seen Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi appear at the court in the Netherlands to defend her country’s actions.
In a statement this week, Clooney said she was “delighted to have been asked to represent the Maldives before the ICJ”, adding: “Accountability for genocide in Myanmar is long overdue and I look forward to working on this important effort to seek judicial remedies for Rohingya survivors.”
What is happening in The Hague?
The Rohingya, described by the UN as “the most persecuted minority in the world”, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in 2012, Al Jazeera reports.
In 2017, Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the Rohingya, burning down villages and committing massacres and mass rapes, according to international observers. This has pushed the number of people fleeing the violence to more than 1.2 million and has subsequently caused a major refugee crisis in neighbouring Bangladesh.
Since 25 August 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya have been killed by Myanmar’s security forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).
In November 2019, the West African nation of The Gambia brought an official complaint against Myanmar at the ICJ on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), claiming that Myanmar has committed “genocidal acts” that “were intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group” through mass murder, rape and destruction of communities.
Suu Kyi, who defended the Myanmar regime in front of the ICJ, criticised “the ways in which unsubstantiated narratives are relied upon by the UN and non-governmental organisations”, adding that the stories of the genocide had been exaggerated by refugees.
But in a stinging rejection of her comments, the ICJ imposed emergency “provisional measures” on Myanmar in January, instructing it to prevent genocidal violence against its Rohingya minority and preserve any evidence of past crimes. However, a full case over the genocide charges could take years.
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What is Clooney’s role?
This week, the Maldives, a fellow member of the OIC, said it will formally join The Gambia in challenging Myanmar’s apparent genocide, and stated that it will file a written declaration of intervention at the ICJ supporting the Rohingya.
“In line with the decision taken at the 14th Islamic Summit of the [OIC], the Republic of Maldives intends to extend its support for the efforts to seek accountability for the acts of genocide committed against the Rohingya people,” foreign minister Abdulla Shahid said on Wednesday.
As part of its bid to join the legal challenge, the Maldivian government has hired Clooney, a lawyer at Doughty Street Chambers in London specialising in international law and human rights, who has a history of representing high-profile figures in the Maldives.
In April 2015, Clooney was hired to lead the defence of Mohamed Nasheed, a former president of the Maldives, after he was controversially sentenced to 13 years in jail in March of the same year, having been found guilty of ordering the arrest of a judge while in office in a case described by Amnesty International as a “travesty of justice”.
Clooney helped Nasheed, the first democratically elected leader in Maldivian history, secure asylum in the UK in 2016, and he was subsequently cleared of all wrongdoing in 2018 following the fall of right-wing President Abdulla Yameen, who had organised the arrest and trial of Nasheed.

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