Dhaka, Sept 7 (UNB) - Amnesty International has said the ICC decision is a significant step in the right direction which opens up a clear avenue of justice for the Rohingya who were driven out of their homes, often as soldiers opened fire on them and burned down their villages.
The comment came following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) ruling on Thursday that it has jurisdiction over Myanmar’s deportation of the Rohingya population to Bangladesh, a crime against humanity.
Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Biraj Patnaik said during the Myanmar military’s horrifying campaign of ethnic cleansing more than 725,000 Rohingya women, men and children were deported to Bangladesh.
The Court has sent a clear signal to the Myanmar military that they will be held accountable, said the AI.
“Forced deportation is just one of a raft of crimes committed against the Rohingya. Amnesty International has documented extensively how the military’s crackdown also included murder, rape, torture, forced starvation, the targeted burning of Rohingya villages and the use of landmines," said Biraj Patnaik.
“While we welcome the ICC’s decision, the international community must see it as a spur to further action. In particular, the United Nations Security Council should still refer the situation in Myanmar to the ICC, so that the Court can investigate all crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingya, as well as the military’s crimes against other ethnic minorities in Kachin and northern Shan States.”
On 9 April 2018, the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) requested a ruling to clarify whether the Court has jurisdiction to investigate the alleged deportation of more than 725,000 Rohingya women, men and children from Myanmar to Bangladesh since 25 August 2017.
As Myanmar is not a state party to the Rome Statute of the ICC, serious violations taking place within its borders do not typically fall under the Court’s territorial jurisdiction, barring acceptance of the Court’s jurisdiction by the Myanmar authorities or a referral by the United Nations Security Council.
However, Bangladesh is a State Party to the ICC, and the Court found that it had jurisdiction over the crime against humanity of deportation as an element of that crime was completed on the territory of Bangladesh.
The Court also found that as the Rohingya had been unlawfully compelled to remain outside their own country and to live in appalling conditions in Bangladesh, the ICC may have jurisdiction over the crime against humanity of persecution and or 'other inhumane acts' which it said constituted a severe deprivation of the Rohingya’s fundamental human rights.
Dhaka, Sept 8 (UNB) - Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower signal as the well-marked low over north Chattishghar of India and adjoining area moved Northwestward.
Now it lies over central parts of North Madhya Pradesh and adjoining area, said a special bulletin.
It is likely to move in a northwesterly direction further inland, weaken gradually and merge with the monsoon axis.
Squally weather is unlikely over the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh.
Chapainawabgabj, Sept 7 (UNB) – Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday arrested a man along with huge counterfeit Indian and Bangladeshi currency notes from his residence at Tikarampur in the municipality.
The arrestee was identified as Md Rubel, 21, son of Akbar Ali of Jorbagan area in the municipality.
Acting on a tip-off, an elite force team conducted the drive at his residence and arrested him along with the fake currency notes, said Squadron Leader Md Syed Abdullah Al-Murad, camp commander of RAB-5.
The elite force members also seized several currency-making machines and other equipment from the house.
Cumilla, Sep 7 (UNB) – Police arrested a driver and his associate on charges of attempting to rape a physically challenged seven-year-old girl on the bus at Kotabari Chattar in Sadar Dakshin upazila on Thursday.
The arrestees were identified as driver Md Selim, 60, of Amanatpur village in Begumganj upazila and his associate Abu Zafar, 35, of Barishal district.
Mamunur Rashid, officer-in-charge of Sadar Dakshin Police Station, said the locals rescued the girl and handed over the culprits the police after giving a mass thrashing.
Eyewitness Mazharul Alam, a student of Comilla University, said he and some of his friends were waiting for a bus in the area and they heard screaming of a girl from a parked bus on the opposite side of the road.
“We rushed there and found the girl’s hands tied with a piece of rope while the driver and his two of associates were inside the bus,” he said.
One associate, however, managed to flee from the scene, he added.
The girl was kept at the child care unit of Sadar Dakshin Police Station, said Sub-inspector (investigation) Tomal Krishna Dhar of the police station.
Gazipur, Sept 7 (UNB)- Police on Thursday recovered the bullet-hit body of an unidentified youth from Hilejor area in Kapasia upazila.
Additional police super Russel Sheikh said hearing the sound of exchanging gunfire from the area when police went to the spot the terrorists fled away.
Later, police recovered the body of the unidentified youth aged about 36. The body was sen to Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.
A pistol was also recovered from the spot.