Alexa Bangladesh satisfies over Gambia’s efforts

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Bangladesh satisfies over Gambia’s efforts

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:22 PM, 14 December 2019   Updated: 09:23 PM, 14 December 2019

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Bangladesh has expressed satisfaction over Gambia's efforts to make Myanmar accountable for the Rohingya genocide issue in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.

This was informed in a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affair on Friday.

The press release said that the hearing of Rohingya genocide case took place in UN’s top court on December 10 to December 12.

The court has asked to return the rights of the Rohingya Muslim. At the same time, it has been asked to take action against alleged perpetrators of Myanmar, to end the current culture of impunity over the crimes committed against the Rohingya community.

In the hearing of the case filed by the Gambia, 11-member Bangladesh delegations led by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were present. Lieutenant General Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division was also joined.

The hearing started at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on December 10, with placing arguments by the Gambian lawyers’ panel. On 11 December 2019, Myanmar presented its case before the International Court of Justice. The provisional measures hearings between The Gambia and Myanmar, pertaining to alleged violations of the Genocide Convention in respect to the Rohingya, concluded on December 12. Both The Gambia and Myanmar had the opportunity to rebut the others case, and to put forward their final points for the court to take into account. This post will not rehash the arguments but reflect on a few points, and the strategies employed.

In the morning of the final day hearing, the Gambian lawyers rejected the representations of Aung San Suu Kyi. In the afternoon of the same day Myanmar placed their final observations and arguments before the court.

The Bangladeshi delegation has given a clear explanation over Rohingya genocide. The delegation emphasizes the importance of creating an environment conducive to accountability and sustainable repatriation.

Besides, represent Bangladesh to the court, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque met the ICC officials. He also joined in an event title 'Right to reply' organized by a group of NGOs. On the occasion, he cleared Bangladesh's position on humanitarian assistance of Rohingya living in Cox's Bazar. The Rohingyas, who live in the camp in Cox's Bazar, also commented over the event.

A reception party was organized jointly by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh and Malaysia on December 10, in honor of Bob Roy, Special Envoy to Canada and Gambian lawyers’ team where Bangladesh delegation was present. In the party, Bob Roy praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for opening the border for the Rohingya.

Foreign Ministry Secretary (Asia-Pacific) Masud Bin Momen, Bangladesh High Commissioner to Australia Sufiur Rahman, Bangladesh's Ambassador to Iran Gausul Azam Sarkar and Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Mohammed Belal were present.