Dhaka backs global mechanisms to ensure justice for Rohingyas: Momen

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DHAKA, Nov 15, 2019 (BSS) – Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen has said Dhaka remains supportive to the international mechanisms currently in the process towards ensuring justice for the Rohingyas.

“We believe, ending of the culture of impunity would bring some positive development towards the solution of Rohingya crisis,” he said, addressing the inaugural session of the 6th International Conference on Bangladesh Genocide and Justice at Liberation War Museum in the capital on Thursday.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh welcomed the initiative of International Criminal Court and as a state party to Rome statute, provided all cooperation to the prosecution as bringing the perpetrators of Rohingya crisis into justice is crucially important to stop recurrence of Rohingya persecution and exodus.

“We are also encouraged by the recent submission of case by Gambia to the International Court of Justice on behalf of OIC group under the Genocide Convention 1948,” he said.

Momen said the Rohingya crisis was created by Myanmar and indeed it has been a problem of long decades in Myanmar. “The end of this crisis could happen only by the safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return of the Rohingyas to their own land,” he added.

He said as victim of world’s horrific genocide from the very beginning of its statehood, Bangladesh always has been supporting the oppressed and violated people around the globe.

In line of this principle, Momen said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to open the border for the Rohingyas who are one of the most persecuted nations of the world.

“Unless she would have opened her borders, world could witness the 2nd largest genocide since World War II,” he added.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh as a victim of genocide remained committed to the prevention of genocide anywhere anytime.

“We also believe accountability and justice are important steps towards preventing genocide,” he said, adding that Bangladesh has always been active to establish a culture of peace all around the world.