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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,...

 

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