The ICC said that it assigned a three-judge panel to hear prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to open an investigation into the Rohingyas’ deportation from Myanmar.
On the ICC move, Dr. Hla Kyaw, chairman of the European Rohingya Council, told Anadolu Agency that “the ICC has jurisdiction [to probe] this crime as Bangladesh is a member of the ICC” even if Myanmar is a not a member of the global court.
Kyaw’s remarks came after Bensouda said that she would seek permission from ICC judges to investigate crimes that had “at least one element” in Bangladesh.
Dubbing the ICC move “a big step” to bring justice to the Rohingya victims of Myanmar’s atrocity, Kyaw criticized the court for slow motion in fulfilling its responsibilities.
“We would like to see the ICC fulfilling its responsibilities as fast as possible so that Myanmar’s generals responsible for the crimes get a message that they will be persecuted,” he said.
If granted, the ICC would become the first international court to look into atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority of Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
Kyaw said that Myanmar, in an expected response, has “already rejected the court’s decision”.
“Myanmar military’s lengthy list of the atrocity which happened solely in its territory including genocide and war crimes demands a quick UN Security Council referral to ICC. Only then full justice to victims could be achieved,” the rights defender said.