POST TIME: 20 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Don’t let perpetrators get away: Dhaka

Don’t let perpetrators get away: Dhaka

The perpetrators of the atrocities against Rohingya community have violated the international laws in the extreme and they should not be allowed to get away, Bangladesh has told The United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Dhaka also urged the UNSC to make the full use of international laws to solve the crisis. Permanent representative to UN Masud Bin Momen presented Dhaka’s position while taking part in an open discussion on ‘Upholding International Law within the context of the maintenance of international peace and security’ organised by present UNSC president Poland, according to a press release forwarded by the permanent mission yesterday.

Meanwhile, the UN also reiterated its call for accountability, saying that it is to be determined as to what kind of investigation there might be in regards to the killings of the Rohingyas.

“No UN member should get away after fully violating international humanitarian and human rights laws due to the absence of effective and visible measures by the security council,” Momen told the discussion.      

On the Rohingya crisis, he said that it is universally recognised that the question of justice for the atrocities against Rohingyas that has been described by UN human rights commissioner as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, and

determination of the accountability is inter-linked to the safe, voluntary and dignified returns of the persecuted people to their homes in Rakhine.

Referring to the recent visit of the UNSC delegation to Bangladesh and Myanmar during which they saw for themselves the dreadful human disaster, the Bangladeshi envoy urged the most powerful organ of the global body to make full use of international laws in resolving the crisis.

He expressed hope that the council will consider the strong appeal the Rohingyas made to it to ensure justice and determine the accountability for the atrocities.

Ambassadors and representatives of over 75 countries including 15 UNSC members spoke at the discussion. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, chef de cabinet of the

UN secretary-general, senior judge of international court of Justice Hisashi Owada and Justice Theodor Meron, president of international residual mechanism for criminal tribunals also delivered addresses.

Speakers described the international laws as the ‘heart’ of the UN and said that there is no alternative to enforcement of the international laws in preventing violence in different places, preserving human rights and building permanent peace.

“Well, again, it remains to be determined what kind of investigation will take place regarding that,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson of the UN secretary-general, told a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Friday when asked what can be done for an inquiry into the killings of Rohingyas.

“We have again called for there to be accountability in that case and, as you know, the members of the Security Council visited just a little over a week ago and you’ll have seen what they said at their briefing on Monday concerning the situation there,” he said. To another question, the deputy spokesperson said that in Washington, the UN secretary-general discussed the Rohingya issue with the hierarchies of the United States administration.