The International Court of Justice has extended time for the filing of the Memorial of the Gambia and the Counter-Memorial of Myanmar in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
In January, the ICJ unanimously ruled in favour of the Gambia and ordered Myanmar to “take all measures within its power” to protect Rohingya minority population from genocide.
In a letter dated 24th April, The Gambia requested the Court to grant at least a three-month extension for the filing of the Memorial, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Gambia noted that, “the principle of equality of arms would entitle Myanmar to a similar extension of time for filing its Counter-Memorial”.
By this request, the submission dates have now shifted from 23rd July to 23rd October 2020, and from 25th January to 23rd July 2021.
In a counter letter on April 28, Myanmar indicated that although the COVID-19 pandemic did not constitute a sufficient justification for The Gambia’s request, it would be for the Court “to decide more in this video