Gambia Takes Myanmar To Court For Genocide


Date:                      November 20, 2019


Photo by UNHRC


During the last year, many nations have been threatening Myanmar (formerly Burma) with legal and economic action over their treatment of the Rohingya minority group. Failing to see significant change in the government’s responsibility for and attitude and practice towards this minority people group, international outrage has been growing. However, the nation that has finally turned the threats into action is Gambia! Gambia, the smallest country in Africa and very far away from Myanmar, has filed a lawsuit for genocide with the International Court of Justice in The Hague. 

The case is being filed by Gambia’s attorney general and justice minister, Abubacarr Tambadou, who worked for many years as a UN lawyer on the 1994 Rwanda genocide.  Last year he read a UN report on the Rohingya crisis, and his heart was stirred to such an extent that he arranged to go and visit the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Listening to the stories in these refugee camps reminded him of the many stories he had heard from Rwanda. He said, “The world failed to help in 1994, and the world is failing to protect vulnerable people 25 years later.” He hopes the lawsuit will pressure the Myanmar government to act.

Who would have dreamed that God could use Rwanda’s pain to prompt someone in Gambia to speak out for the suffering Rohingya?

Let us pray for:
  • Though it is normally the International Criminal Court that deals with war crimes, efforts through this court stalled, as Myanmar is not a signatory. However, the International Court of Justice can make rulings on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Both Gambia and Myanmar are signatories of this Convention. Pray that the Court will take this case on, and that Myanmar will be forced to abide by its outcomes (The Bible, Romans 13:1-5). 
  • Pray for God’s protection over Mr. Tambadou and all those who will participate in this court case (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:3).
  • Pray that God will take this historic court case and breathe on it to bring about massive upheaval and change within Myanmar’s treatment of all its minority groups, including Christian minority groups who have also experienced decades of violence (The Bible, Psalm 138:7).

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