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BNP hails ICJ verdict, thanks The Gambia

  • Published at 02:19 am January 24th, 2020
File photo: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas attend a massive rally organized at a field in Camp No 4 (Extension) at Kutupalong's Modhurchhara in Ukhiya on Sunday, August 25, 2019, to observe two years of their latest exodus from Myanmar's Rakhine state Syed Zakir hossain/Dhaka Tribune

BNP demands India stop the border killing immediately

Hailing the International Court of Justice's (ICJ) order for provisional measures to protect Rohingyas from genocide in Rakhine State, BNP has thanked The Gambian government for filing the case against Myanmar.

"We congratulate The Gambia over the order of the International Court of Justice. We thank them as the order was given due to their initiative," he said.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the remarks at a press briefing after a meeting of the party's Standing Committee members at its chairperson's Gulshan office in Dhaka on Thursday, reports UNB.

In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the UN top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people.

The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice "is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable."

An estimated 745,000 Rohingyas were forced to flee to Bangladesh since August 2017.

The ICJ accepted all four provisional measure requests in an unanimous (all 15 judges) verdict and asked Myanmar to submit a report within four months confirming measures taken, after that report every six months.

The court used the term "Rohingya" and also rejected Myanmar's claim and asked it to stop genocide and atrocities against Rohingyas.

Fakhrul said their Standing Committee meeting expressed deep concern over the growing incidents of killing of Bangladeshis by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the border.

They also demanded India stop the border killing immediately.

He said their meeting condemned the attack on BNP's Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral candidate Tabith Awal, obstructing the party candidates from carrying out electioneering and destroying their posters.

Fakhrul said the Standing Committee meeting also demanded for the cancellation of the decision to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the elections to the two Dhaka city corporations.

"We think there is a scope for not only rigging votes, but also for changing the entire results if the voting is held with EVMs. That is why we want it to be cancelled."

BNP Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, and Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku were present at the meeting.

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