রবিবার, ১৯ জানুয়ারী ২০২০, ০২:২৯ অপরাহ্ন
Bangladesh appreciated the accountability efforts at the International Court of Justice lodged by Gambia on atrocity crimes committed on Rohingya allegedly with genocidal intent. The hearings were held at the Peace Palace in the Hague on 10-12 December. The Court was asked to accord provisional measures to bring relief to the Rohingya community and to ending the prevailing culture of impunity of the perpetrators in Myanmar of alleged grave violations against the Rohingya community.
The Bangladesh delegation provided inputs on the context of the crisis, clarifications on Bangladesh’s efforts to repatriate forcibly displaced Rohingyas in safety, security and dignity. The delegation underscored complementarities between accountability and creation of atmosphere conducive to sustainable repatriation.
A Bangladesh delegation of 11 members, led by Foreign Secretary has attended the hearing of a Case filed by Gambia, on behalf of 57 members of OIC against Myanmar in the ICJ. Lieutenant General Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division, PMO joined the delegation. On 10 December, the hearing started with Gambian lawyers presenting their case to the 15 judges of the ICJ. On 11 December, Myanmar delegation led by Aung San Suu kyi made their presentation. On 12th morning, Gambian lawyers made their rebuttal to the presentations made by Aung San Suu Kyi and her legal team yesterday at the Court. In the afternoon, Myanmar made final observations and arguments.
In the side lines of the Court attendance, Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque met ICC officials. He also attended an event ‘Right to Reply’ organized by a group of INGOs. During the event, he elaborated Bangladesh position on the humanitarian assistance to the Rohinygas living in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The event also recorded comments from Rohingyas residing in camps in Cox’s Bazar through internet. Foreign Secretary in his speech at the event mentioned that “Our Prime Minister will continue to be sympathetic (to Rohinygas), because she has been refugee twice in her life”.
Bangladesh delegation included Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Secretary (Asia Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sufiur Rahman, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Australia, Ambassador Gousal Azam Sarker, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Iran, Ambassador Sheikh Muhammad Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands, Nahida Sobhan, DG (UN), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brig Gen Md. Zahirul Islam, Director General, Intelligence Directorate, AFD, Delwar Hossain, DG (Myanmar), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brigadier General Sheikh Mohammad Sarwar Hossain, CTIB, DGFI, Alauddin Bhuiyan, Director (Myanmar), Shahanara Monica, Director (UN), Md. Alimuzzaman, Director (FSO).