United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed Thursday a court’s decision to order Myanmar to prevent any further genocide against its persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority.

A statement from the UN chief’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, voiced support for the unanimous decision by judges earlier at the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Myanmar must do more to protect the Rohingya.

Myanmar officials are now obliged to prevent violence against Rohingya “including killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm, deliberately inflicting conditions of life calculated to bring about the group’s destruction and imposing measures intended to prevent births,” said Dujarric.


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