ICC in Bangladesh amid calls for investigation into Rohingya abuses

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering a request to investigate alleged crimes committed against the Rohingya people, ICC Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart said on Thursday.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda sought permission this month from the ICC judges to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed against the Rohingya, Stewart said.

Stewart was visiting Bangladesh as part of a delegation from the Hague-based ICC to explain the judicial process to the government and other parties.

Bensouda said last month she would ask ICC judges for permission to investigate crimes that had “at least one element” in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a member of the ICC, but Myanmar is not.

The United States this week imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders over the human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims.

The sanctions prevent Myanmar military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, three other senior commanders and their families from entering the United States in the strongest steps yet taken by Washington in response to the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

(Production: Rafiqur Rahman, Hannah Ellilson)

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