The Maldives welcomes the joint statement made by Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, announcing their intention to intervene in the Case of The Gambia v Myanmar, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The Maldives is confident that the intervention by Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will strengthen the case initiated by The Gambia, and reinforce efforts to protect and affirm the rights of the Rohingya.  

In February this year, the Republic of Maldives announced its intention to extend its support for the efforts to seek accountability for the acts of genocide committed against the Rohingya people by intervening in the case filed at the ICJ by The Gambia, in line with the decision taken at the 14th Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The Maldives’ decision to intervene was taken after President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih along with his Cabinet of Ministers concluded that there are strong grounds to intervene in support of the Rohingya people.

 The Maldives has held consultations with The Gambia, in order to streamline efforts, with the common objective of obtaining justice for the Rohingya people. The Maldives looks forward to similarly collaborating with Canada and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

The Maldives was the first country to announce its intention to intervene in the case at the ICJ, and welcomes this additional intervention by Canada and Kingdom of The Netherlands, which symbolizes the global significance of the plight of the Rohingya people, and the collective need to protect and promote their rights.