Human rights lawyer will represent Maldives, which is joining the Gambia in taking Myanmar to court for alleged genocide

Amal Clooney will represent the Maldives in seeking justice for Rohingya Muslims at the UN’s highest court, where Myanmar faces accusations of genocide.

The Maldivian government has said it will join the Gambia in challenging Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya people during an army crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017 that forced more than 700,000 people to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Related: UN's top court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

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