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Myanmar: ICC has no jurisdiction to probe Rohingya crisis

IANS  |  Naypyidaw 

has said that the (ICC) has no jurisdiction over the country and hence cannot try it over allegations that hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas were deported to neighbouring

In a statement, the Ministry of the -- headed by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate -- argued that was not a signatory to the Rome Statute and hence it does not come under ICC jurisdiction, news reported on Friday.

On Monday, ICC's had filed a petition where she contended that the Rohingyas were "intentionally deported across the international border into Bangladesh".

The Rohingya exodus began on August 25 when the launched an offensive in the country's Rakhine region following a series of attacks on government posts by Rohingya rebels.

The offensive, which reportedly included loot, rapes and razing down of Rohingya villages, led the exodus of some 690,000 members of the predominantly Muslim ethnic group to neighbouring Bangladesh, where they are still living in overcrowded refugee camps.

The statement also refuted Bensouda's claim that Myanmar had deported the Rohingyas and added that it has been collaborating with Bangladeshi authorities to repatriate them.

On Tuesday, Bensouda had cited UN for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad who had described the Rohingya crisis as "ethnic cleansing".

The prosecutor's office had collected information from various UN agencies, media and non-profits like and Human Rights Watch, among others, to document the alleged abuses suffered by the minority, whom Myanmar considers Bangladeshi migrants and denies citizenship rights.

The Rohingyas "have suffered years of persecution within Myanmar", Bensouda said in the statement, stressing that the situation deteriorated significantly since last August.

The and the had rejected all claims of human rights abuses in the offensive, although on Wednesday a had sentenced seven soldiers to 10 years in prison for their role in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingyas in September.



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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:14 IST