The ICJ ruling was cheered by refugees as their first major legal victory since they were forced from their homes in 2017 [Faisal Mahmud/Al Jazeera]

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Nearly a dozen men are glued to a television screen inside a ramshackle shop at southern Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp, home to nearly 40,000 Rohingya refugees.

The men were watching the proceedings at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, which on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya population from genocide.


The United Nations’ top court rejected Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi‘s defence last month when she refuted genocide charges but admitted the country’s military may have used excessive force against the mainly Muslim minority.


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