Everyone has role to play to ensure justice for Rohingyas

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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim A.A. Khan QC today said here everyone has a role to play and no one can just be a spectator in ensuring justice for persecuted Rohingyas.

“We have an obligation to stand up and speak up. We have to work together to achieve justice,” he told reporters at a media briefing before concluding his maiden visit to Bangladesh in his capacity as ICC Prosecutor at a city hotel.

He put emphasis on collective responsibility to get the justice that Rohingyas need.

“Let’s unite and march forward. It’s a collective responsibility for each and every human being,” he said.

Khan lauded Bangladesh’s support towards the work of his team here so far while he said to visit here again this year.

He said the ICC Prosecutor team looks forward to working with all in Bangladesh, the international community and the Rohingyas to move forward the case.

The ICC Office of the Prosecutor is investigating alleged crimes against the Rohingyas within the Court’s jurisdiction.

The ICC Prosecutor believes that justice can be achieved though it is a lengthy process and noted that the situation cannot last indefinitely.

In November 2019, ICC Judges granted a request to open a full investigation into alleged crimes committed against the Rohingyas within the jurisdiction of the Court.

This authorisation to open an investigation is seen as a “significant development” for the pursuit of justice and the establishment of the truth, in particular for the victims of alleged crimes of this situation.

Investigators from the Office of the Prosecutor are now carefully and thoroughly seeking to uncover the truth about what happened to the Rohingya people in Myanmar which brought them here to Bangladesh.

More than 10 international experts have been involved in the ICC Prosecutor team that has been deployed in Bangladesh to collect evidences on atrocities committed against Rohingyas.