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ICC Opens Probe Into Crimes Against Rohingya
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Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:06

Excerpt: "The International Criminal Court has launched a preliminary investigation into Myanmar's crackdown on the Muslim-majority Rohingya that forced hundreds of thousands to flee across the border to Bangladesh."

More than 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya have fled their homes into Bangladesh since August last year. (photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)
More than 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya have fled their homes into Bangladesh since August last year. (photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

ICC Opens Probe Into Crimes Against Rohingya

By Al Jazeera

20 September 18

The International Criminal Court has initiated a preliminary investigation into alleged crimes against the Rohingya.

he International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a preliminary investigation into Myanmar's crackdown on the Muslim-majority Rohingya that forced hundreds of thousands to flee across the border to Bangladesh. 

The examination will look at a range of allegations against Myanmar's security forces that could include the killing of Rohingya civilians, sexual violence, forced disappearance, destruction and looting, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a written statement on Tuesday.

"A preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process of examining the information available in order to reach a fully informed determination on whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation," Bensouda added.

Myanmar has repeatedly argued that the ICC does not have jurisdiction to investigate the allegations because it is not a party to the Rome Statute, which established the court.

The ICC authorised Bensouda to open the case after its judges ruled that the alleged crime of deportation happened partly in Bangladesh, which is a member of the court.

"While Myanmar is not a State Party to the ICC, Bangladesh is. The Court may therefore exercise jurisdiction over conduct to the extent it partly occurred on the territory of Bangladesh," Bensouda wrote.

The announcement followed the release of a UN report that detailed allegations of crimes committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya.

It reiterated earlier findings that some senior Myanmar military officials should be prosecuted for war crimes and genocide.

Myanmar's ambassador in Geneva called that report "one-sided" and "flawed."


More than 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August last year.

The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, estimates that children make up 55 percent of the total Rohingya refugee population in Bangladesh.

A family-counting exercise conducted in December 2017 by the UNHCR found more than 5,500 families being led by children under 18.

The Rohingya were stripped of citizenship in 1982 and have been subject to persecution in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, where most lived.

Labelled 'Bengali' by the government and much of the Myanmar population, to infer that they are interlopers from Bangladesh, Rohingya are denied access to healthcare, education and freedom of movement.

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+1 # Misterioso 2018-09-20 12:39
The horrors the Rohingya Muslims are now experiencing are identical to those that befell defenseless Palestinians when 800,000 were dispossessed and expelled between late 1947 and late 1948 (according to Walter Eytan, then Director General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry) by Jewish militias & the IDF by force of arms, several massacres, mass rape & intimidation.** (see below.) Over 500 Palestinian towns & villages, including churches, mosques & cemeteries, were destroyed by Zionist forces.

The same tactics were used by Zionist Jews before & during their 1956 invasion/occupa tion of Egypt, when about 25,000 more Palestinians were expelled & during & after Israel launched the June 1967 war, which resulted in the dispossession & expulsion of 250,000 more.

Israel is now selling Myanmar much of the weaponry its armed forces are using to brutalize, kill, dispossess, expel the Rohingya and facilitate mass rape.

**When asked by journalist, Ari Shavit, what new information his revised version of The Birth of the Palestinian Problem 1947-1949 provided, Israeli historian Benny Morris replied: "It is based on many documents... most of them from the Israel Defense Forces Archives...that show there were far more Israeli acts of massacre than I had previously thought. There were also many cases of rape. the Haganah were given operational orders that stated explicitly that they were to uproot the villagers, expel them & destroy the villages themselves." (Haaretz, Jan.9/04)
0 # Dale 2018-09-23 09:09
In spite of John Bolton´s tough words and threatened sanctions if is past time that Americans,from Bush and his protegees, to Obama´s drone operators,to the crimes to the CIA to face the music for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and widespred violations of humans rights. At least, Why not have some mock trails here in the U.S.