Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In an op-ed for The Lawyer's Daily, Ashley Major, an adjunct faculty member and research associate for the Faculty of Law's International Human Rights Program writes: 

"For the first time in history, a non-affected state has brought a claim against another state for alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). On Nov. 11, 2019, The Gambia instituted proceedings against Myanmar before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Supported by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation."

She adds, "The Gambia alleged that Myanmar violated the Genocide Convention by carrying out mass killings, rapes and other forms of violence against the Rohingya since 2016 during its so-called “clearance operations," and lays out next steps Canada and the international community.

Major is an alumna of the IHRP (2017) and was called to the bar in 2018. She specializes in issues of criminal law and gender-based violence. 

Read the full op-ed at The Lawyer's Daily