Bangladesh’s support for ICC’s independent mandate appreciated

A meeting of the International Criminal Court is held in The Hague in Netherlands on Wednesday.  — Press Release Photo

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda appreciated Bangladesh’s strong support for the ICC’s independent mandate on justice matters.

Bensouda expressed her appreciation in a tweet after a meeting with Bangladesh ambassador M Riaz Hamidullah at the seat of the court in The Hague in Netherlands on Wednesday.

She also expressed her appreciation for Bangladesh’s support for international criminal justice system and the Rome Statute, the founding document of the ICC.

The ICC on November 14, 2019 authorised its prosecutor to proceed with a formal investigation into the alleged crimes committed against the forcibly displaced Rohingya people of Myanmar.

The ICC, established under an intergovernmental mechanism, became the second international court to look into the alleged atrocities against the Rohingya after African country Gambia lodged a case with the International Court of Justice – the UN’s top court on disputes between and among member states – against Myanmar on allegation of carrying out genocide against the Muslim minority group.

More than 7,00,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and aged people, entered Bangladesh after fleeing unbridled murder, arson and rape during ‘security operations’ by the Myanmar military in Rakhine, what the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing and genocide, beginning from August 25, 2017.

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