Saturday, January 25, 2020 | ePaper

Canada backs probe into Rohingya genocide

  • Print
Anadolu Agency, Trenton, Canada :
Canada on Monday lauded Gambia's bid to bring Myanmar to court to answer genocide charges against its Rohingya minority.
"Canada welcomes Gambia's submission to the International Court of Justice of an application to institute proceedings against the  Government of Myanmar for alleged violations of the Genocide Convention," Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.
Gambia said Monday it had filed the 46-page application on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation, which represents 57 Muslim countries. If the court decides to pursue the case, it will be the first time it will look into genocide claims on its own rather than relying on testimony from other tribunals.
"This move will help advance accountability for the genocide, which includes acts of mass murder, systemic discrimination, hate speech and sexual and gender-based violence against the Rohingya, including violence that took place in August 2017, forcing over 740,000 Rohingya to flee to neighboring Bangladesh and triggering the creation of the largest refugee camp in the world," Freeland said. "Canada will work with other like-minded countries to end impunity for those accused of committing the gravest crimes under international law. Together with our partners, we will explore options to support Gambia in these efforts, with assistance from Canada's Special Envoy to Myanmar, the Honorable Bob Rae.

More News For this Category

 Pakistan cruise to 9-wicket win over Bangladesh

Pakistan cruise to 9-wicket win over Bangladesh

Staff Reporter: Bangladesh defeated by nine wicket to Pakistan in the second match which helped the host to gain unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Twenty20 international series in Lahore

Two Rohingya women killed in Myanmar shelling

Two Rohingya women killed in Myanmar shelling

Two Rohingya women were killed and seven others injured in shelling the Myanmar military and insurgents blamed on each other, days after the UN's top court ordered the country to

Powerful earthquake jolts eastern Turkey, killing 18

Powerful earthquake jolts eastern Turkey, killing 18

A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people and collapsing buildings in affected towns near the centre of the tremor, which was strong enough to

China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1,300 infected worldwide

China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1,300 infected worldwide

Reuters : The official death toll from the coronavirus in China jumped on Saturday to 41 from 26 a day earlier, as local media reported a doctor on the frontline

Six killed in Rot am See shooting

BBC Online :Six people have been killed and others wounded in a shooting in the south-west German town of Rot am See, officials say.A male suspect was arrested after

Rohingya victims of Myanmar genocide must get justice

Editorial Desk :Global human rights bodies have called for the international community to press Myanmar to comply with the order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to

Implement ICJ order immediately

UNB, Dhaka :The UN Human Rights Office has called on Myanmar to immediately and unconditionally implement the top UN court's order in full, consistently with its obligations under the

Commuters  suffering worsen

Commuters suffering worsen

Reza Mahmud :Delay in construction work of metro-rail creates acute sufferings for commuters of Motijheel to Uttara route in the capital. Commuters are facing untold sufferings everyday from morning

BD to deeply engage with Myanmar's friends with focus on repat

UNB, Dhaka :Giving an impression that one cannot proceed with business as usual, foreign affairs experts have felt the importance of engaging more deeply with Myanmar's friends-China, Japan, India

Myanmar rejects ICJ ruling

BBC Online :Myanmar has responded defiantly to a ruling by the UN's top court ordering measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said