Bangladesh to take Myanmar to ICC, ICJ over Rohingya issue

Ahammad Foyez | Published at 01:25am on September 18, 2019

Bangladesh is planning to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for its repression of the Rohingyas.

Bangladesh would also take up the Rohingya issue with Myanmar and China during the coming United Nations General Assembly session.

The Foreign Office is assessing the possible outcome of the move to take Myanmar to the ICJ and the ICC on the Rohingya issue.

On Tuesday, the Foreign Office informed the parliamentary standing committee on it at its meeting held at Parliament Bhaban, said committee chairman Muhammad Faruk Khan, MP.

He said that the Foreign Office wants to resolve the crisis by taking the issue to the ICC and the ICJ.

He said that the ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression and the ICJ, known as the World Court, is the principal judicial organ of the UN.

He said that the Foreign Office informed the committee that the Bangladesh-Myanmar-China  meeting might be held on September 25 or September 26 to discuss the issue of Rohingya repatriation.

The committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the government’s handling of the Rohingya issue as ‘inadequate’, said committee members.

The committee advised the Foreign Office to step up diplomatic efforts in ‘a more effective manner,’ they said.

The committee decided to send its members in two groups to some of the Asian countries to sensitize their Parliaments about the Rohingya repatriation issue, they said.

The teams comprising of the standing  committee members would be sent to  Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia.

The teams would hold meetings with MPs and government officials in these countries, they said.

Chaired by Farouk Khan, the standing committee meeting was attended by foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, state minister for foreign ministry M Shahriar Alam, Abdul Majid Khan, MP, Habibe Millat, MP, Nahim Razzaq, MP, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, MP, and Nizam Uddin Jalil, MP.