Myanmar “won’t totally accept” the International Criminal Court’s demand for submitting written observations by July 27 on the allegations of deporting over 700,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh.
“The ICC did not send such cases to other countries facing Refugee Crisis. The ICC has sent similar case to Myanmar as Bangladesh is a member country. We have never seen such case in the ICC’s exercising international rules and regulations. For that reason, Myanmar won’t totally accept,” Zaw Htay, Director General of the State Counsellor Office of Myanmar, told reporters today.
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“Like Myanmar, the similar situation occurred in Syria and Kenya. Were such cases in Syria and Kenya submitted to the ICC? No, they weren’t. Actions weren’t taken against even member countries in this regard. Myanmar doesn’t accept such manner,” Zaw Htay said, reports Myanmar’s Eleven Media Group.
“Moreover, Myanmar is not a member country if the problem is solved in line with international agreements. For that reason, the ICC is unable to have an effect on Myanmar. Bangladesh will submit the case to the ICC as it is a member,” he said.
“If the Bangladesh submits the case to the ICC, three judges will sit there. They will decide if the ICC should handle the case or not. If accepted, they will form a committee. If the government accepts the case, the ICC will go on. Myanmar isn’t a member country signed the ICC. Member countries must sign and approve in the International Vienna Convention. If so, the agreement will take effect on member countries. Myanmar is neither a member country nor signs the agreement. Therefore, the ICC does not have the right to taking action against Myanmar. The ICC did not send such cases to other countries facing Refugee Crisis. The ICC has sent similar case to Myanmar as Bangladesh is a member country. We have never seen such case in the ICC’s exercising international rules and regulations. For that reason, Myanmar won’t totally accept,” he added.
In a major development earlier on Thursday, the International Criminal Court asked Myanmar to submit its written observations by July 27 on the allegations of deporting over 700,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh.
ICC judges asked Myanmar to respond before the deadline to a prosecution request that they consider hearing a case on the alleged deportation of Rohingya minority people.
The prosecutor alleged that since August 2017 more than 670,000 members of the Rohingya people, lawfully present in Myanmar, have been intentionally deported into Bangladesh.
The ICC first made the request on April 11 that the ICC should exercise jurisdiction over the alleged crimes.
Set up in 2002 in The Hague, the ICC acts to prosecute the worst abuses including genocide in places where national tribunals are unwilling or unable to act.