Rohingya Genocide: ICC sought in Bangladesh instead of Hague
Published: 11:03 AM, 10 September 2020
The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Pictures collected
A petition has been filed in the International Criminal Court (ICC) to transfer the court for the trial against Myanmar for the killing and torture of the Rohingya, to other countries instead of Hague, especially to Bangladesh; reports BBC.
According to the report, the application was made by the lawyers of three 'Victim Support Group' working for the Rohingyas. They requested the hearing in a country close to the persecuted Rohingya.
However, although no country was mentioned in the application, the ICC's statement on the progress of the application referred to the country as 'probably Bangladesh'.
In response to the request, the ICC's number three 'pre-trial chamber' has ordered the court's registry department to look into the possibility of moving the court proceedings from The Hague to another country, such as Bangladesh. It has been asked to verify this possibility and submit a report before September 21.
Generally, all activities of the International Criminal Court or ICC take place in The Hague, Netherlands. But this is the first time such an initiative has been taken, where the court has been asked to set up another country to hear the victims.
In other countries, attempts to set up courts for International Criminal Court hearings are a rare case. Since thousands of tortured Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh, it will be easier for them to testify at the hearing if it is in Bangladesh.
Shannon Raj Singh, an international human rights lawyer, wrote in a blog post that if it flies like a bird, the distance from The Hague to Cox's Bazar is about 8,000 kilometers. For the Rohingyas who are being tortured in the refugee camps there, this distance is absolutely insurmountable.
He further wrote in the blog that, according to the rules of the ICC, there is an opportunity to conduct the activities of this court in any country other than the host country (Netherlands). Citing a clause in the Rome Statute, he said the International Court of Justice could sit elsewhere for a full or partial hearing of a case as needed.