‘There are evidences to prove Myanmar guilty’
Though the matter of repression and massacre on Rohingya is much old but there was no sufficient evidence to prove it. Even Myanmar did not allow all to enter the spots where repression and massacre took place. Myanmar got international impunity over the Rohingya issue. But at present there are enough information and evidences to prove Myanmar guilty in the international court.
The experts opined in this way at an international seminar titled ‘Accountability: ICC and the Rohingya crisis’ held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in Dhaka University on Monday. Actionaid Bangladesh, Center for Genocide Studies and Center for Peace and Justice jointly organized the seminar.
In the introductory speech Acting Director of Center for Peace and Justice Manzur Hasan said, the United Nations termed the ongoing killings on Rohingya people as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. But the international powerful states did not show any activity over that. We need to be active for a solution to the problem and efforts should be taken to repatriate the Rohingya through all peaceful aspects.
Dhaka University International Relations department Professor Imtiaz Ahmed said, nobody took steps though everybody was vocal on the Rohingya crisis. Rohingyas were forced to enter this country in 70s, 80s and 90s decades. But at that time there was no information or evidence regarding this activity. Now it is the era of information technology. Everybody has enough evidences to prove Myanmar guilty at present.
About diplomatic decision of India over Rohingya issue he said, India thought that it would convince Myanmar through silence over the issue. Their main competition was with China. But India should remember that Myanmar’s relation with China is very good and deep. But they are at present has begun to speak out.
In the concluding speech Actioaid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir said, Myanmar will not take back the Rohingya as long as they are brought under legal obligations. For that reason Myanmar should be brought under justice through initiatives from International Criminal Court and United Nations. We can play special role for investigation and trial as Bangladesh is a member country of ICC.
In the program Justice Syeed Rifat Ahmed and international criminal law expert Kate Vigneswaren upheld different clauses of Rome agreement to prove Myanmar guilty.
The 11-point Dhaka Declaration was endorsed from the seminar.