Maldives hires Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya at UN court
COLOMBO: Luxury tourist destination of the Maldives has hired eminent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the UN’s highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims.
The Maldivian government said Wednesday that it will formally join the main Muslim African state of The Gambia in combatting Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown sending nearly 740,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh.
Last month, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) unanimously ordered Buddhist-majority Myanmar to adopt emergency measures to prevent the Rohingya genocide-pending a full case that could take years.
Clooney successfully represented Mohammad Nasheed, the former president of Maldives, and secured a UN ruling that his 13-year sentence in 2015 was unconstitutional.