World Court says Myanmar genocide case to proceed

STORY: Myanmar, now ruled by a military junta that seized power in 2021, had argued that Gambia, which brought the suit, had no standing to do so at the top U.N. court, formally known as the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

But presiding Judge Joan Donoghue said the 13-judge panel found that all members of the 1948 Genocide Convention can and are obliged to act to prevent genocide, and that the court has jurisdiction in the case.

"The Court concludes that The Gambia, as a state party to the Genocide Convention, has standing to invoke the responsibility of Myanmar for the alleged breaches of its obligations," she said, reading a summary of the ruling.

The court will now proceed to hearing the merits of the case, a process that will take years.