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Bangladesh to help in Rohingya genocide trial, says Momen

DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

Bangladesh will provide all cooperation for the trial of the Myanmarese Army for the genocide of Rohingya people, said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.

"We have remained supportive to international mechanisms currently in the process towards ensuring justice for the Rohingyas. Bangladesh welcomed the initiative of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and as a state party to the Rome Statute, provided all cooperation to the prosecution so far,” he said.

“We are also encouraged by the recent submission of a case by Gambia to the International Court of Justice on behalf of the OIC under the Genocide Convention 1948. We believe ending the culture of impunity will bring some positive development towards the solution of the Rohingya crisis,” he added.

While addressing as the chief guest the inaugural session of the Sixth International Conference on Bangladesh Genocide and Justice, organised by the Liberation War Museum on its premises in the capital, Momen yesterday said as the victim of a horrific genocide, Bangladesh, from the very beginning of its statehood, has always been supporting the oppressed and violated people around the globe.

“In line with this principle, our Prime Minister decided to open the borders for the Rohingyas, who are one of the most persecuted people of the world. Had she not opened the borders, the world would have witnessed the second largest genocide since World War II,” he added.

The foreign minister also said Myanmar had created the Rohingya crisis and the safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return of the Rohingyas to their own land can end this crisis. He further said the perpetrators of this crisis should be brought to justice to stop the recurrence of the persecution and exodus of the Rohingyas. Momen also said Bangladesh remained committed to preventing genocide anywhere anytime.

“We also believe accountability and justice are important steps towards preventing genocide. It also plays an important role in reconciliation and healing, which is important for sustaining peace,” he added. He said Bangladesh has always been active in establishing a culture of peace all around the world.

“I believe all violence and wars emanate from a mindset of intolerance, ignorance and disrespect towards others. If we can inculcate a mindset of respect and love for others, irrespective of colour, ethnicity and religion, we can establish a sustainable world of peace,” he added.

Appreciating the initiative by the authorities of the Liberation War Museum, the minister said the august gathering of learned and eminent scholars from all around the world will contribute to the efforts of the Bangladesh government for international recognition of the ‘1971 Genocide’.

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