Dhaka welcomes Gambia for suing Myanmar over Rohingya genocide
Bangladesh today welcomed Gambia for filing a case in International Court of Justice (ICJ) hours after the West African country sued Myanmar on behalf of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for committing genocide against its minority Rohingya population.
"We welcome it. It's OIC's decision… this is good news that OIC is taking some responsibility" Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen told BSS this evening. He added that the OIC initiated the move passing a resolution and "we are happy with it".
Gambia earlier today filed a case in ICJ in The Hague, accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its minority Rohingyas seeking the global court's urgent interventions "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately", international news agencies reported.
The Bangladesh foreign minister expected the case to mount further pressure on Myanmar to start repatriating and re-integrating their people.
"I think it is high time for Myanmar to repatriate their own people that they promised us already . . . Myanmar repeatedly told us that they will take them (Rohingya) back, (but) they are not implementing (repatriation)," he said.
Momen, however, said Dhaka was not in any "squabble" with Nay Pyi Taw but "we advise that Myanmar should starting implementing its own promise (to start repatriation)".
OIC in a major diplomatic breakthrough in March this year unanimously adopted a resolution to move to ICJ entrusting Gambia with the task of moving the case.
The Gambia led the process with a 10-member high-powered ministerial committee while Gambian lawyers who pursue the case in a statement said the case asked the global court to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately".
The Gambian move came a month after the head of a UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring" as the mission submitted its final report.
The report said Myanmar should be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against the Rohingyas describing them as "a majority-Muslim ethnic group that has long faced persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar". -BSS