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Foreign secretary: ICJ ruling a victory for Rohingyas

  • Published at 01:49 am January 24th, 2020
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File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's BazarSyed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

He urges the Myanmar government to conform to the ICJ ruling by showing respect to the international community

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen has termed the ruling of International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect Rohingyas from atrocities, a victory for the country's minority group.

His predecessor Md Shahidul Haque also echoed a similar sentiment.

They laid stress on Bangladesh's continuous efforts and the international community's pressure on Myanmar to repatriate the Rohingya refugees from packed camps in Cox's Bazar.

The duo was addressing a discussion on "ICJ Ruling on the Provisional Measures on Rohingya Genocide," organized by Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) of Dhaka University at a hotel in the capital on Thursday.

Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen said: "The ruling is a victory for all the victims of genocide, including Rohingyas. The verdict will ensure safety to the Rohingya people living in the northern Rakhine state (of Myanmar) and also those awaiting repatriation from Bangladesh."

He urged the Myanmar government to conform to the ICJ ruling by showing respect to the international community, thus, greatly encouraging the Rohingya refugees living in the makeshift camps in Bangladesh to return home.

Once the provisional measures of the ruling are applied properly, a conducive atmosphere for Rohingya repatriation will emerge, he hoped.

Momen, however, termed the repatriation process a lengthy procedure, saying: "We do not have to be complacent right now… We will keep working jointly with Myanmar in this regard."

Former foreign secretary Shahidul said the ICJ verdict was a victory of humanity and recognition of the Rohingya minority. 

"This ruling came even when the UN hesitated to call Rohingyas an ethnic community," he added.

"In the view of the ruling, Myanmar government has to protect all its citizens, including Rohingyas, irrespective of whatever security-related issues it cites," he further said.