Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mr Tambadou was nominated by Justice for All, an NGO that works to halt and prevent genocide around the world.

The NGO praised Mr Tambadou, 47, for his role in taking Myanmar to the International Court of Justice over war crimes against the marginalised Rohingya ethnic group. 

“By filing a lawsuit in the world’s highest court, The International Court of Justice, he has forced the arc of justice to bend. 

“In a world where 149 countries that signed the Genocide Treaty remained silent, Tambadou took initiative, despite threats of China, to go after Burma. He deserves the Nobel Peace Prize,” the NGO said in a statement.

The statement continued: “While many had given up on the ICJ, Mr Tambadou has single-handedly demonstrated the power of international justice mechanisms, sparked hope for justice for the Rohingya, and laid the seeds for long-lasting reconciliation in The Gambia. His work has become a beacon of light for the entire world.

“Because of his action, the ICJ ordered Burma to meet its legal obligations to protect 600,000 Rohingyas still in the country; and given hope to over three million Rohingya worldwide that they might receive some measure of justice, at a time when they felt the world had ignored their plight.”

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