“Tell Myanmar to stop these senseless killings, to stop these acts of barbarity that continue to shock our collective conscience, to stop this genocide of its own people,” Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou told the judges.
Muslim-majority Gambia accuses Myanmar of breaching the 1948 genocide convention and has asked the court, set up in 1946 to rule on disputes between UN member states, to take emergency measures to stop further violence.
“Another genocide is unfolding right before our eyes yet we do nothing to stop it,” added Tambadou, a former prosecutor at the tribunal into the Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.
“Every day of inaction means more people are being killed, more women are being raped and more children are being burned alive. For what crime? Only that they were born different.”
Tambadou later told reporters it would be “extremely disappointing” if Suu Kyi repeated her previous denials of wrongdoing by Myanmar when she addresses the court on Wednesday.