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Quakers write to Prime Minister on behalf of the Rohingya people
Australian Quakers Presiding Clerk, Ann Zubrick, has written to Prime Minister Scott Morrision and Leader of the Opposition Anthony Albanese, to urge them to take an active role in supporting justice for the Rohingya people of Myanmar.
To the Prime Minister
On behalf of Australian Quakers, I urge the Australian Government to take an active role in supporting the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in relation to the Rohingya people of Myanmar. The ruling arose from an application from The Gambia to the Court that Myanmar had breached the Geneva Convention on preventing genocide. It follows a United Nations investigation in 2017 that reported mass killings and rapes of the Rohingya people.
The Court has ruled that the Myanmar Government has “caused irreparable damage to the rights of the Rhingya” and has called on the Government to “take all measures within its power” to prevent acts of genocide and ensure the preservation of relevant evidence. It said that Myanmar must report within four months the action it has taken.
Given that the Myanmar Government denies ‘genocidal intent’, and claims that the displacement of Rohingya people is a case of ‘military clearances, we feel that it is essential for our own Government to use its links with Myanmar to reinforce the importance of the ICJ ruling.