Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid

Amal Clooney to represent Maldives in advocating to Rohingya Muslim

Foreign Ministry has said that Amal Clooney will be representing the Maldives as the country files a declaration of intervention in support of the Rohingya people, at the International Court of Justice.

Maldivian Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid, said that the Maldives will be joining Gambia in the case filed at the highest court of the United Nations on behalf of the Muslim countries. Minister Shahid made the announcement in his address at the ongoing High-Level Segment of the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

In line with the decision taken at the 14th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, 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. The decision to file the declaration was taken after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih along with the Cabinet concluded that there are strong grounds to intervene in the case submitted by The Gambia in support of the Rohingya people.

Ministry announced that Amal Clooney of Doughty Street Chambers has been appointed to represent the Maldives in the case before the International Court of Justice. The Ministry said that in accepting the appointment, Ms. Clooney had stated: “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 Maldives has been a consistent advocate for accountability against the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people and welcomes the unanimous decision of the International Court of Justice to order provisional measures to secure the rights of victims and prevent the destruction of evidence in the ongoing case.

Foreign Ministry said that the Maldives will continue to advocate on humanitarian grounds to bring the perpetrators of genocide to justice and calls for the unhindered and safe return of the Rohingya people to their homes.