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Rohingya: Bangladesh seeks Egypt's support for Gambia at ICJ

  • Published at 08:18 pm October 25th, 2020
File photo of Rohingy refugees holding placards at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, demanding justice and their safe and dignified return to Myanmar from Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The Gambia opened a case at the ICJ against Myanmar for failing to prevent or punish the genocide against Rohingya Muslims

Bangladesh has requested Egypt to continue providing support to The Gambia over the Rohingya issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a leading OIC member country. 

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the request when outgoing Ambassador of Egypt Walid Ahmed Shamseldin met him on Sunday.

The Gambia, on Friday, filed a more than 500-page Memorial, which also includes over 5,000 pages of supporting material, in its lawsuit against Myanmar at the ICJ in The Hague, making its case for how the government of Myanmar is responsible for the genocide against the Rohingya.

The government of Myanmar should immediately comply with the ICJ orders to prevent the ongoing acts of genocide and preserve evidence of genocide against Rohingya Muslims, said Fortify Rights.

Matthew Smith, chief executive officer at Fortify Rights, termed it another step towards justice for Rohingya. “International accountability mechanisms, like the ICJ, are crucial, especially given that mass atrocity crimes continue against Rohingya and others in Myanmar.”

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In November 2019, The Gambia opened a case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, against Myanmar for failing to prevent or punish the genocide against Rohingya Muslims.

Following the filing of the case by The Gambia, the government of Myanmar had three months to file a counter-memorial at the ICJ in response to The Gambia’s genocide allegations.

The memorial and counter-memorial will not be made public for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last several years.

The ambassador of Egypt assured the foreign minister of their continued support over Rohingya repatriation.

They discussed bilateral trade and investment issues, said the ministry of foreign affairs.

Dr Momen urged the outgoing ambassador to invest in the special economic zones in Bangladesh.

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