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19 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Myanmar must comply with int’l court verdict

Says State Minister Shahriar about Rohingya issue
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
Myanmar must comply
with int’l court verdict

Myanmar is not out of the jurisdiction of international courts and must comply with their verdicts on the Rohingya issue, state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam said yesterday. “Although Myanmar is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, it has to comply with their verdicts on the Rohingya issue. If there is any verdict against any high officials of Myanmar, including Aung San Suu Kyi, they have to face it,” he added.

The state minister said this at a roundtable discussion titled “The Necessity of Rohingya Repatriation in the context of Regional and Global Situation”, jointly organised by the Institute of Conflict, Law and Development Studies (ICLDS) and ‘Bhorer Kagoj’, at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital. Former ambassador Muhammad Zamir presided over the discussion and ‘Bhorer Kagoj’ editor Shyamal Dutta moderated it. Myanmar has been accused of carrying out human rights abuses against Rohingyas, forcing more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh in late August 2017. On behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Gambia, a Muslim West African nation, filed a case at the ICJ accusing Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya Muslims.

The Hague-based International Court of Justice has fixed the dates for hearing on December 11 and 12, while the ICC seeks to convict individuals responsible for the crime.

However, the Myanmar government has rejected the ICC’s decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against Rohingyas.

“The ICC order will put huge pressure on Myanmar to address the crisis. The order will also create pressure on other countries to resolve the crisis,” said Shahriar Alam.

The minister also noted that international leaders had become more vocal about the Rohingya issue. “You might not expect Indian prime minister Narendra Modi or Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to strongly condemn the Myanmar government for its misdeeds in public. But that happened in the past few weeks,” he said.

“After the end of the first year of the Rohingya influx, we kept wondering if we’d be able to keep the Rohingya issue alive at the international level. Many states have a conflicting stance on this topic,” he added. The Rohingya crisis has to be resolved, but it would not take place overnight, he observed.

Former election commissioner Brig. Gen. (retd) M Shakhawat Hossain said: “We have to raise our voice against the Rohingya crisis. If Rohingyas themselves become vocal against their treatment in Myanmar, it will be more powerful than our voice.”

Retired Justice Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik said: “The Gambia has lodged a case against Myanmar. A case has been filed by some human rights group in Argentina against Suu Kyi. If we can’t bring China into this arena, it will be difficult to resolve the crisis.”

Former foreign secretary Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury said: “The ICC has allowed prosecutors to go with the investigation. But Myanmar has rejected it. Russia and China continue to support Myanmar. China can play a great role here to address the issue.”

Maj. (retd) Emdad said: “The protracted stay of the Rohingyas will create instability and terror activities in this region. The US, China, and India are closely related to Myanmar for their own interests. Their cooperation is necessary.” Ukhia Upazila chairman Hamidul Islam Chowdhury said: “Local economy and environment are getting destroyed due to the Rohingyas. It’s a huge crisis.”

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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