Rohingya: Bangladesh seeks Egypt’s support for Gambia at ICJ

Bangladesh has requested Egypt to continue providing required support to The Gambia over the Rohingya issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a leading OIC member country.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the request when outgoing Ambassador of Egypt Walid Ahmed Shamseldin met him on Sunday.

The Gambia on Friday filed a more than 500-page Memorial, which also includes over 5,000 pages of supporting material, in its lawsuit against Myanmar at the ICJ in The Hague, making its case for how the government of Myanmar is responsible for genocide against Rohingya.

The government of Myanmar should immediately comply with the ICJ orders to prevent the ongoing acts of genocide and preserve evidence of genocide against Rohingya Muslims, said Fortify Rights.

Matthew Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Fortify Rights, termed it another step towards justice for Rohingya. “International accountability mechanisms, like the ICJ, are crucial, especially given that mass atrocity crimes continue against Rohingya and others in Myanmar.”

In November 2019, The Gambia opened a case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, against Myanmar for failing to prevent or punish genocide against Rohingya Muslims.

Following the filing of the case by The Gambia, the government of Myanmar has three months to file a Counter-Memorial at the ICJ in response to The Gambia’s genocide allegations.

The Memorial and Counter-Memorial will not be made public for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last several years.

The Ambassador of Egypt assured the Foreign Minister of their continued support over Rohingya repatriation.

Both discussed bilateral trade and investment issues, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr Momen urged the outgoing Ambassador to invest in Bangladesh special economic zones.

He also informed the envoy that Egypt can utilise killed Bangladeshis in the IT sector.

Dr Momen also requested the Ambassador to set up a petrochemical industry in Bangladesh.

The Egyptian Ambassador informed the Foreign Minister that Egypt is exporting onions to Bangladesh.

Source: United News of Bangladesh