Burma: ICC seeks power to investigate, prosecute crimes against humanity

A PROSECUTOR from the international criminal court (ICC) is seeking jurisdiction over the “deportation” of Rohingya people from Burma to Bangladesh, with the aim of investigating and prosecuting those responsible. In a filing published on Monday, the court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said: “This is not an abstract question but a concrete one, affecting whether the court may exercise jurisdiction … to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute.” SEE ALSO: UN says Burma not ready for return of Rohingya refugees While Bangladesh is a member of the ICC, Burma is not, raising questions over whether the court is able to investigate possible crimes against humanity taking place in Rakhine State. The prosecutor is seeking a ruling to “verify that the Court has territorial jurisdiction when persons are deported from the territory of a State which is not a party to the Statute directly into the territory of a State which is a party to the Statute.”  Bensouda argued that, given the cross-border nature of the crime of deportation, a ruling in favour of ICC jurisdiction would be in line with established legal principles. But she acknowledged uncertainty around the definition of the crime of deportation and limits of the court’s jurisdiction. As non-member of International Criminal Court, Burma probably thought it could rely on China veto to avoid jurisdiction for Rohingya atrocities, but the prosecutor cleverly now seeks jurisdiction through Bangladesh (an ICC member) for crime of deportation. — Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) April 9, 2018 This is the first request of its kind filed at the court. Bensouda has asked for a hearing for her arguments to be heard, along with other interested parties. Congolese judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua is assigned to consider the request. The United Nations estimates close to 700,000 Rohingya Muslim have fled across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh since August after militant attacks... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Burma: ICC seeks power to investigate, prosecute crimes against humanity, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Burma: ICC seeks power to investigate, prosecute crimes against humanity





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 9 April, 2018



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