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Rohingya genocide case trial at ICC to begin Feb 21

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:21 PM, 15 January 2022  

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The trial of the Rohingya genocide case will resume in the International Criminal Court (ICC) on February 21, confirmed Gambia, an African country, the plaintiff in the case. 

The court has fixed February 21 for the hearing to start the trial of the case. Myanmar will present arguments on the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court at the hearing.

Defining a hybrid hearing, Gambia’s top law official said “it was a process where some people would be physically present at the hearing and others would be involved, either virtually or online”.

When the case began in 2019, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s pro-democracy leader and then-state councilor, represented Myanmar in the ICC court. But now that the country has lost its grip on power, a representative nominated by Suu Kyi will be present at the hearing of the case, Dawda Jawara told Reuters.

A spokesman for the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed the trial, however, he did not say when the trial will begin.

The Arakan Salvation Army (ARSA), an armed Rohingya group, has been accused of bombing several police stations and army barracks in Arakan in 2017. As a result of this attack, the Myanmar army attacked the Rohingya villages on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Unable to withstand the killing, rape, looting and arson by the Myanmar army, millions of Rohingyas crossed the border and entered Bangladesh. 

According to the Bangladesh government, about one million Rohingya have fled Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh.

UN observers and various international human rights groups have said in a report that Myanmar’s military carried out the “genocide” in 2017 in an effort to eradicate the Rohingya ethnic group.

Due to the pandemic, the proceedings of the case have been stalled for so long. However, the court ordered Myanmar’s military to submit a report on the situation to the Rohingya every six months.

When the case began in The Hague in 2019, Suu Kyi appeared at the hearing and pleaded guilty. She has been in prison since the military coup on February 1 last year.

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