ICC seeks BD’s opinion to run a case on crimes against Rohingyas

Staff Reporter | RNTv:

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has wanted to know Bangladesh’s opinion on whether The Hague-based court has jurisdiction to run a case on atrocities against Rohingyas.

The pre-trial chamber of the ICC has sent a letter in this regard on May 07, Monday and sought Bangladesh’s opinion by June 11 either publicly or confidentially on the three specific matters.

These are (i) the circumstances surrounding the presence of members of the Rohingya people from Burma on the territory of Bangladesh; (ii) the possibility of the Court’s exercise of territorial jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of members of the Rohingya people from Burma into Bangladesh; and (iii) any other matter in connection with the prosecutor’s request that, in the opinion of the competent authorities of Bangladesh, would assist the Chamber in its determination of this request.

The Chamber ordered the registrar to notify this decision to the competent authorities of Bangladesh together with a copy of the prosecutor’s request.

MD Shahidul Hoque, a senior official at the foreign ministry of Bangladesh said, the government had received the letter and the matter is being taken into consideration.

Earlier four prominent rights groups — Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect and Fortify Rights — held a news conference on 8th May seeking the referral of Burma to ICC as the only option to ensure justice for the Rohingya.

Again, on 9th May, Wednesday, a Southeast Asia-based rights organisation, Fortify Rights said, Bangladesh government should encourage the International Criminal Court (ICC) to exercise jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute the crime of deporting Rohingyas.