Opinion | Ba: You held our heads high!
Updated: Jan 24, 2020
By Basidia M Drammeh:
Despite his busy schedules and numerous engagements, as President Adama Barrow’s point man for transitional justice in post-dictatorship-era in the Gambia, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou took upon himself to take Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the International Court of Justice for committing genocide against the innocent minority Rohingya Muslims.
Backed by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Minister Tambedou has recently appeared before the Court urging provisional measures to prevent any further violence against the Rohingya Muslims who have long been victimized and traumatized by the Myanmar authorities. Mynamar has typically denied the charges.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) did not disappoint Ba. The court, today, unanimously ordered Myanmar authorities to take measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. The ruling is a victory not only for the Gambia but it is also so for the entire humankind.
Therefore, Ba, as he is fondly called, deserves commendation for his determination and steadfastness in ensuring that justice is served. As he presented his case, Mr. Tambedou said: “On a personal level, I’m disgusted by what I have heard and seen. Professionally, I though Mynamar should be held responsible for these actions and a way to do that was to bring a case to the International Court of Justice.”
Thank you. Ba, for holding our heads high. You’ve proven beyond any reasonable doubt that we are not small, as a tiny nation, to seek and secure justice even if the perpetrator is far bigger than us.