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ICJ hearings: Bangladesh appreciates The Gambian efforts

  • Published at 06:49 pm December 13th, 2019
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File photo: Navanethem Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a hearing in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands December 10, 2019 Reuters

The hearings were held at the Peace Palace in The Hague between December 10 to 12

Bangladesh has appreciated the accountability efforts at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) lodged by The Gambia on atrocity crimes committed on Rohingya allegedly with genocidal intent.

In the first ever public statement issued on Friday in this regard, the foreign ministry said that a Bangladesh delegation, who attended the hearings at the ICJ, providing inputs on the context of the crisis, clarified Dhaka's efforts to repatriate forcibly displaced Rohingyas in safety, security, and dignity.

The 11-member Bangladesh delegation, headed by Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, underscored  reciprocity between accountability and  creation of an atmosphere conducive to sustainable repatriation.

The hearings were held at the Peace Palace in The Hague between December 10 to 12. The court was asked to accord provisional measures to bring relief to the Rohingya community, and to ending the prevailing culture of impunity of the perpetrators in Myanmar of alleged grave violations against Rohingyas.

A Bangladesh delegation of 11 members attended the hearing of a case filed by Gambia, on behalf of 57 members of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) against Myanmar at the ICJ.

On the sidelines of the court attendance, Foreign Secretary Haque met with officials of the International Criminal Court, which has already authorized to carry out an investigation into the mass deportation of Rohingyas from Rakhine to Cox's Bazar.

He also attended an event “Right to Reply” organized by a group of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). During the event, he elaborated Bangladesh position on the humanitarian assistance to the Rohinygas living in Cox’s Bazar. The event also recorded comments from Rohingyas residing in Cox’s Bazar camps through internet.

On December 10, the delegation attended a reception jointly organized by Saudi  Arabia, UAE, Bangladesh, and Malaysia in honour of The Gambian minister for justice and the lawyers’ team and Bob  Rae, Canadian special envoy to Myanmar.

At the reception, Bob Rae highly praised Bangladesh for the generosity extended to the Rohingyas in Bangladesh. He also appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for opening borders for the Rohingyas. 

The Canadian embassy in The Hague organized an event to get direct testimony of Rohingyas who have been the victims of persecution in Myanmar. The event was attended by the Bangladesh delegation.

Some members of Rohingya community also attended the event. The Rohingya community profusely expressed their gratefulness to Bangladesh for allowing them to live in the camps in Bangladesh and for the humanitarian support Bangladesh has been so generously extending to them.