ROHINGYA CRISIS

NHRC documents 53 sexual violence in Myanmar for ICC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:34, Jun 12,2018 | Updated: 23:55, Jun 12,2018

 
 

The National Human Rights Commission has insisted that the government should assist the International Criminal Court as it has documented 53 cases of sexual violence against Rohingya women in Myanmar.
In separate demi official letters to law and foreign affairs ministries on Sunday, commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said that the commission firmly believed that it was very important to approach the ICC besides ongoing bilateral initiatives between Bangladesh and Myanmar to bring a permanent solution to Rohingya crisis.
The letters stated that the commission conducted several inquiries apart from the government initiatives. A set of the researchers trained by international experts secretly documented testimonies of 53 Rohingya women who faced sexual violence in Myanmar.
The commission is ready to supply the documented evidence once case against Myanmar begins in the ICC, said the letters.
The commission sent the letter based on the information that the ICC was seeking opinion from Bangladesh on whether Myanmar could be prosecuted for atrocities against Rohingyas.
Bangladesh, being one of the States Parties to the Rome Statute, has already responded to the request of the ICC.
Bangladesh ambassador in The Hague Sheikh Mohmmed Belal who came to Dhaka for consultations submitted the observations to the court based in Hague on Monday.
The International Criminal Court wanted to know Bangladesh’s opinion on whether it had jurisdiction over atrocities against Rohingyas.

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