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Showing posts with label ICJ. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Rohingya's Quest for International Justice

Saumya Uma
This is the third in a series of articles on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Statute creating the ICC entered into force on July 1, 2002 and the court is now in its 20th year. To mark the occasion, The Wire is publishing a series of articles evaluating its performance over the past two decades. Read the first part here and the second part here.

The situation faced by the Rohingya is once again in the spotlight with the Bangladesh government reportedly commencing the COVID vaccination drive for Rohingya refugees on one hand and the Indian government terming them “a threat to national security” on the other. Last month, the Human Rights Watch minced no words in asking the Indian government to release the detained asylum seekers.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Argentine Court: Rohingyas testify about the horrors they faced

The Daily Star
Diplomatic Correspondent
Thu Aug 19, 2021 

In a historic development for Myanmar, Rohingya women have described in an Argentine court of law, under the aegis of universal jurisdiction, how the Myanmar military carried out a brutal massacre in their village.

Speaking remotely to the Federal Criminal Appeals Court in Bueno Aires from the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on Tuesday, the women spoke of how soldiers killed their husbands in Chuk Pyin of Myanmar's Rakhine, according to a statement from the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK).

They said soldiers killed hundreds of people, while some women were raped before being killed. The soldiers went on to rape many other women in their village and then burned their homes to the ground.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Rohingya genocide case at ICJ: Myanmar military regime organises new legal team

The Daily Star
Digital Report
June 26, 2021

Armed police confront protesters on the streets of Naypyitaw, Myanmar’s capital, on Monday, February 8. Photo: AP

The Myanmar military regime has organised a new legal team led by its foreign minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin, to present the defense in the Rohingya genocide case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The regime's order restructuring the committee, which was previously led by detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, was announced in a bulletin published by the Myanmar Gazette on Thursday.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Myanmar Junta Reorganizes Legal Team for ICJ Rohingya Genocide Case

The Irrawaddy
24 June 2021
Regime Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin

The Myanmar military regime has organized a new legal team led by its foreign minister, U Wunna Maung Lwin, to present the defense in the Rohingya genocide case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

The regime’s order restructuring the committee, which was previously led by detained State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was announced in a bulletin published by the Myanmar Gazette on Thursday.

The panel has eight members. Among them are two former military officers—U Wunna Maung Lwin, who will serve as chairman; and the regime’s planning, finance and industry minister, U Win Shein—and two serving lieutenant generals: Yar Pyae and Adjutant General Myo Zaw Thein.

Junta forms new legal team to face Rohingya genocide allegations at ICJ

Coconuts Yangon
Jun 25, 2021 
Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin at the UN Assembly’s 70th annual General Debate. Photo: UN News

Myanmar junta’s military council has set up a legal team to defend itself against allegations of genocide of Rohingya Muslims at the International Criminal Court (ICJ) on July 23.

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, appointed by the military council, chaired the meeting. Attorney General of the Union Daw Thida Oo has been appointed as the Vice-Chairperson.

Friday, June 25, 2021

New sanctions against Myanmar military a welcome move



June 23, 2021
Makeshift barriers erected by the military and sand bags are seen in front of a government sub-district office along a road in Mandalay, as the country remains in turmoil after the February military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

LETTERS: The Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) welcomes new sanctions announced by the EU and the UK on June 21st, targeting more financial interests of the Myanmar military as well as individuals with links to the military dictatorship.

It is of outmost importance that the international community keeps the pressure on the Myanmar military.

Rohingya, as genocide survivors, stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Myanmar protesting the illegal military regime, and the international community must do all they can to support Myanmar's struggle for true federal democracy.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

LETTER | CIJ deeply concerned Star article will promote anti-Rohingya xenophobia

Wathshlah G Naidu
16 Jun 2021,

LETTER | The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) refers to an article published in The Star on 16 June 2021 titled Residents voice out their thoughts on Rohingya living among them.

We are highly concerned that the article in question articulates xenophobic and racist rhetoric against Rohingya refugees, and perpetuates harmful stereotypes that could lead to hatred, discrimination, and violence against a marginalised and vulnerable community.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

ICC ၏ ေပၚေပါက္လာပုံသမိုင္း။

 ICC ၏ ေပၚေပါက္လာပုံသမိုင္း

ယခု ​တည္ရွိေနေသာ အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာ ရာဇဝတ္တရား႐ုံး (ICC) သည္ ကမၻာေပၚတြင္ ပထမဆုံးေပၚ​ေပါက္ ေသာ နိုင္ငံတကာရာဇဝတ္တရား႐ုံးဟု မဆိုနိုင္​ေခ်။ဒုတိယကမၻာစစ္ အၿပီး နာဇီ စစ္​ေခါင္း​ေဆာင္​မ်ားကိုတရား စီရင္ခဲ့​ေသာ န်ဴရင္ဘတ္ခုံ႐ုံး (Nuremberg Trials)၊ ဂ်ပန္ စစ္​ေခါင္း​ေဆာင္မ်ားကို စီရင္ခဲ့​ေသာတို က်ိဳခုံ ႐ုံး အစရွိသျဖင့္ နိုင္ငံတကာ ရာဇဝတ္မႈ ခုံ႐ုံး​မ်ား အရင္​​ေပၚ​ေပၚက္ခဲ့ၾကသည္။

သို႔​ေသာ္ အဆိုပါတရား႐ုံး​မ်ားသည္ ဒုတိယကမၻာစစ္၏ စစ္ရႈံးနိုင္ငံမွ ရာဇဝတ္​ေခါင္း​ေဆာင္မ်ားကိုသာစစ္​ေဆး စီရင္နိုင္ရန္ အတြက္ ယာယီဖြဲ႕စည္းခဲ့​ေသာ တရား႐ုံးမ်ားသာျဖစ္သည္။ ၎တရား႐ုံးမ်ား၏ စီရင္ပိုင္ခြင့္သည္ ​အနာဂတ္တြင္ျဖစ္နိုင္ေသာ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးခ်ိဳးေဖာက္သည့္ ရာဇဝတ္မႈမ်ားအတြက္ အက်ိဳးသက္ ေရာက္ မႈ မရွိနိုင္​​​ေၾကာင္း​ေထာက္ျပ​ေဝဖန္မႈမ်ားရွိခဲ့​​သည္။ သို႔ရာတြင္ ထိုကဲ့သို႔ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးဆိုင္ရရက္စက္ မႈမ်ားက်ဴး လြန္ျခင္းမွာ ဆိုးရြားရွားပါးလွသည္ဟု ယူဆကာ အျမဲတမ္းတရား႐ုံးတစ္ရပ္အ​ေနျဖင့္ ဖြဲ႕စည္းျခင္း မျပဳခဲ့​​ေခ်။

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Myanmar’s NUG pledges to comply with ICJ directives

The Daily Star
June 01, 2021
Diplomatic Correspondent

Myanmar's National Unity Government has pledged to comply with the directives of the International Court of Justice, which last year ordered the country to prevent any acts of genocide against the Rohingyas in Rakhine State.

"The National Unity Government (NUG) is taking every step to cooperate with the International Court of Justice, the world's highest court, and, by that, to ensure that we comply with Myanmar's international legal obligations," Dr Sasa, union minister of international cooperation and spokesperson of Myanmar's shadow government, said in a statement yesterday.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fully cooperating with ICJ to “ensure justice” for Rohingyas: NUG

MAY 31, 2021
Myanmar's National Unity Government (NUG) has said they are fully cooperating with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to “make sure that justice is delivered to Rohingya brothers and sisters” and to all from every ethnicity who have suffered so much for so long under the brutal military generals’ reign of terror in Myanmar.

Monday, May 31, 2021

စစ္ေကာင္စီက်ဴးလြန္တဲ့ ျပစ္မႈေတြအတြက္ ICJ နဲ႔ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္မည္ (NUG)

ဗြီအိုေအ (ျမန္မာပုိင္း)
31 ေမ၊ 2021
ICJ ႏွင့္ ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္ႏုိင္ေရး NUG ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္။ (ေမ ၃၀၊ ၂၀၂၁)

အေရြးေကာက္ခံ လႊတ္ေတာ္အမတ္ေတြနဲ႔ ဖြဲ႔စည္းထားတဲ့ ျပည္ေထာင္စုလႊတ္ေတာ္ ကိုယ္စားျပဳေကာ္မတီ (CRPH) က ဖြဲ႔စည္းလိုက္တဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသားညီညြတ္ေရးအစိုးရ (NUG) က အာဏာသိမ္း စစ္ေကာင္စီရဲ႕ အရပ္သား ျပည္သူေတြအေပၚ က်ဴးလြန္တဲ့ ႏွိပ္စက္ညႇဥ္းပန္း သတ္ျဖတ္မႈေတြ၊ ရာဇဝတ္ျပစ္မႈေတြနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာတရား႐ုံး (ICJ) မွာ တရားစီရင္မႈ ခံယူႏိုင္ဖို႔ အေလးအနက္ စဥ္းစားလုပ္ေဆာင္ေနတယ္လို႔ ေမလ ၃၀ တနဂၤေႏြေန႔မွာ သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။

Genocide of Rohingya shows no sign of abating: Report

May 29, 2021

A UK-based Rohingya rights defender, the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK), in a new report claimed “the genocide against Rohingya shows no sign of abating in Myanmar” despite the order of the UN's highest court to the Myanmar authorities for protecting the minority community.

“Since the start of 2021, at least 15 Rohingya -- including nine infants and young children -- have died as a direct result of onerous and illegal travel restrictions preventing access to medical care,” the report released on Monday said.

The release has also coincided with Myanmar’s duty to report to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), on how it is preventing genocidal acts against the minority Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Genocide against Rohingyas not abating

The Daily Star
Diplomatic Correspondent
May 25, 2021
Says BROUK; junta leader cast doubt on return of refugees

The genocide against the Rohingyas shows no sign of abating in Myanmar, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said in a new briefing yesterday.

It said the Myanmar military continues to subject the Rohingyas to a vicious pattern of abuse and extortion in the Rakhine State, where Rohingyas are kept in what amounts to an open-air prison, creating intolerable living conditions.

Since the start of this year, at least 15 Rohingya, including nine infants and young children, have died as a direct result of onerous and illegal travel restrictions preventing access to medical care, said BROUK President Tun Khin in a statement.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Myanmar’s Military Struggles to Control the Virtual Battlefield

 Asia Report N°314 | 18 May 2021

အြန္လိုင္းတိုက္ပြဲကို ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္ဖို႔ ႐ုန္းကန္ေနရတဲ့ ျမန္မာ စစ္တပ္

18 MAY 2021
ေဖေဖာ္ဝါရီစစ္အာဏာသိမ္းပြဲကို ဆန႔္က်င္မႈမ်ားအား ၿဖိဳခြင္းရန္ ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္သည္ အင္တာနက္အသုံးျပဳမႈ ကို တင္းတင္းက်ပ္က်ပ္ ထိန္းသိမ္းၾကပ္မတ္ေနၿပီး လမ္းေပၚထြက္ဆႏၵျပပြဲမ်ားကို ေခ်မႈန္းလ်က္ရွိသည္။ နိုင္ငံျခားအစိုးရမ်ားႏွင့္ နည္းပညာကုမၸဏီမ်ားအေနျဖင့္ ျမန္မာျပည္အတြင္းက ျပည္သူအမ်ား အြန္လိုင္းကို အေႏွာက္အယွက္မရွိ အသုံးျပဳနိုင္ေအာင္ နည္းလမ္းရွာေဖြ၍ ကူညီသင့္ၿပီး အြန္လိုင္းလြတ္လပ္ခြင့္ကို ဖိႏွိပ္ ခ်ဳပ္ခ်ယ္ရာတြင္ အသုံးျပဳနိုင္သည့္ နည္းပညာႏွင့္ စက္ကိရိယာမ်ား ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္ကို မေရာင္းခ်ရန္ လိုအပ္ သည္။

Monday, April 26, 2021

OP-ED: A wake-up call for Bangladesh?

Dhaka Tribune
Nisath Salsabil Rob
April 25th, 2021

In handling the Rohingya crisis, it is time Bangladesh prepared for the long haul

In the wee hours of February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military -- the Tatmadaw -- declared a one-year state of emergency and arrested democratically elected leaders of the ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), including Myanmar’s former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, thereby putting a nail on the coffin of Myanmar’s fledgling democracy.

Friday, January 1, 2021

The UK should join the ICJ case against the Myanmar genocide

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
December 31, 2020

Rohingya refugees fleeing genocide in Myanmar cross into Bangladesh on September 10, 2017. (Shutterstock image)

The ongoing case on behalf of the Rohingya people at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Myanmar for genocide has been initiated and championed by the small nation of The Gambia and has broken new ground in international law for being the first case of its kind brought by one UN country against another. In truth, all signatories to the UN Genocide Convention have the ability, and indeed the moral responsibility, to prosecute the crime of genocide wherever it may occur. And the UK should lend its full backing to the action by The Gambia.

This step seems to have become more likely with over 100 members of parliament signing a letter addressed to the government that the UK should be joining the legal action led by The Gambia. Among the signatories is the former UK Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, which lends further weight to this initiative.

Monday, December 28, 2020

ICJ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္၊ ICC ႏွင့္ အနာဂတ္အတြက္ စိုးရိမ္စရာ ေကာင္းသည့္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ၏ သည္ဟိဂ္ခရီး


စည္သူ၊ ဉာဏ္လင္းထြန္း
28 December 2020

၂၀၁၉ ခုႏွစ္ ဒီဇင္ဘာလအတြင္းက ICJ တရား႐ုံးတြင္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံႏွင့္ပတ္သက္၍ ၾကားနာမႈျပဳလုပ္ေနစဥ္

အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာတရား႐ုံး (ICJ) မွ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံႏွင့္ပတ္သက္၍ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္ တစ္ရပ္ထြက္လာမႈႏွင့္ အျပည္ ၿပည္ဆိုင္ရာ ရာဇဝတ္ခုံ႐ုံး (ICC) တြင္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံမွ တာဝန္ရွိသူမ်ားကို တရားစြဲဆိုနိုင္ေရး ႀကိဳးပမ္းမႈအျဖစ္ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္ တာဝန္ထမ္းေဆာင္ခဲ့ၿပီး အဖမ္းခံခဲ့ရကာ ICC သို႔ ေရာက္ရွိေနသည္ဆိုေသာ ျမန္မာ့တပ္ မေတာ္မွ စစ္သည္ႏွစ္ဦးကိစၥရပ္အား ၂၀၂၀ ျပည့္ႏွစ္ ထင္ရွားေက်ာ္ၾကားျဖစ္ရပ္တစ္ခုအျဖစ္ Weekly Eleven ဂ်ာနယ္က ေဖာ္ျပအပ္ပါသည္။

ICJ ၏ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံႏွင့္ပတ္သက္ေသာ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္သည္ ၂၀၂၀ ျပည့္ႏွစ္ ႏွစ္ဆန္းပိုင္းတြင္ ခ်မွတ္ခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ ေသာ္လည္း အမႈျဖစ္စဥ္သည္ ၂၀၁၉ ခုႏွစ္ နိုဝင္ဘာတြင္ ျဖစ္ေပၚခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။

Friday, December 25, 2020

The Politics of Losing Home

The Daily Star  
Md Touhid Hossain
December 24, 2020
COLLAGE: Kazi Akib Bin Asad

In August 2017, the Myanmar military perpetrated a genocide on the Rohingyas, an ethnic group residing in Northern Rakhine. Large numbers of Rohingyas were killed, women and girls were raped, villages burnt and upwards of 800,000 men, women and children were driven out of their homes. They crossed the border into Bangladesh to save their lives and are now sheltered in camps in Teknaf and Ukhia, in the southern tip of Bangladesh.

Although this outrageous event was sort of a 'final solution', atrocities on Rohingyas have a long history. The first mass expulsion took place in 1977-78 when 250,000 were driven across the border. Most of them were sent back through negotiations. However, following the second mass expulsion in 1989-90, many of the 250,000 refugees could not be sent back. Meanwhile, the Burmese Citizenship Act of 1982 disenfranchised the Rohingyas of their citizenship. Under continued atrocities by the military and the local Rakhines led by extremist Buddhist monks, a slow exodus continued till 2016, when another 80,000 were expelled. At least 300,000 Rohingyas were displaced in Bangladesh before 2017.