ICJ order to facilitate Rohingya repatriation: Minister

Brahmanbaria Correspondent
Published : 18:07, Jan 24, 2020 | Updated : 18:08, Jan 24, 2020

The International Court of Justice's order to Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect Rohingya population from genocide will facilitate the repatriation process for the refugees, says Law Minister Anusul Huq.
"Everyone hails the [ICJ's] order... We want Myanmar comes to its sense. The order will somewhat facilitate the Rohingya's repatriation. We expect Myanmar to abide by the order," he told a programme in Brahmanbaria on Friday (Jan 24)
On Dhaka City polls, Huq said the elections would be held in a free and fair manner.
At the programme, the minister handed over the cash, and education materials to nearly 300 secondary students.
On Thursday (Jan 24), the ICJ ordered 'provisional measures' on Myanmar to protect the Rohingyas, a ruling cheered by refugees as their first major legal victory since being forced from their homes.
A lawsuit launched by Gambia in November at the United Nations' highest body for disputes between states accuses Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya in violation of a 1948 convention.
The court's final decision could take years, and Thursday's ruling dealt only with Gambia's request for preliminary measures. But in a unanimous ruling by the 17 judge panel, the court said the Rohingya face an ongoing threat and Myanmar must act to protect them.
Myanmar must "take all measures within its power to prevent all acts" prohibited under the 1948 Genocide Convention, and report back within four months, presiding Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf said, reading out a summary of the judgment.
Myanmar must use its influence over its military and other armed groups to prevent violence against the Rohingya "intended to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part".