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23 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Rohingya crisis

ICC prosecutor pledges to uncover the truth

UNB, Dhaka

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday said her investigation will seek to "uncover the truth" and will now focus its efforts on ensuring the pursuit and success of its independent and impartial investigation.

"In doing so, we aim to bring justice to victims and affected communities, and count on the full support and cooperation of States Parties, civil society, and other partners," she said in a statement following judicial authorisation to commence an investigation into crimes committed against Rohingyas.

On November 14, the Judges authorised an investigation with broad parameters.

"This is a significant development, sending a positive signal to the victims of atrocity crimes in Myanmar and elsewhere," said Bensouda.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC conducts independent and impartial preliminary examinations, investigations and prosecutions of the crime of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression, according to the Office of the Prosecutor.

While Myanmar is not a State Party of the ICC, Bangladesh is, and Bensouda welcomed the Chamber’s conclusion that the alleged deportation of civilians across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, which involved victims crossing that border, clearly establishes a territorial link on the basis of the “actus reus of this crime”– that is, “the crossing into Bangladesh by the victims.”

"I wish to highlight that my Office is not restricted to investigating only the events, persons or groups identified in my Request, or their provisional legal characterisation," she said.

The Chamber has emphasised that her Office may, on the basis of the evidence gathered during the investigation, extend its investigation to other crimes against humanity or other crimes under article 5 of the Statute, as long as these crimes remain within the parameters of the authorised investigation.

She noted that the Chamber saw no reason to disagree with my assessment that there are no substantial reasons to believe that an investigation into the situation would not be in the interests of justice.

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