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TIB urges government to respond to ICC request

  • Published at 12:17 am May 30th, 2018
Rohingya Balukhali Camp
File photo: Rohingya refugees line up for daily essentials distribution at Balukhali camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh January 15, 2018 Reuters

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday urged the government to submit its observations with detailed information and documents to the International Criminal Court (ICC) concerning crimes committed against the Rohingya people by Myanmar’s security forces.

In a statement, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the ICC's initiative to investigate and prosecute the crimes of killing and deporting Rohingyas is a ray of hope, and Bangladesh should undoubtedly gear up the process with an unambiguous stand.

"It will be a significant step for Bangladesh to send its observations to the ICC. Also, as a member state of the ICC, Bangladesh can play a vital role in bringing the crimes under the international court’s jurisdiction", said Dr Iftekharuzzaman.

According to TIB, Bangladesh's observations will help ensure justice for the violation of human rights by Myanmar’s military and mount international pressure on the country and its allies.

A pre-trial chamber of the ICC recently sought documents and opinions from Bangladesh about the court's jurisdiction over the expulsion of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine in Myanmar.