Bangladesh will have various engagements with the international community at The Hague as the International Court of Justice is set to start its three-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case from Tuesday.
A Bangladesh delegation, led by Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, will leave for The Hague, Netherlands, today, an official in Dhaka told UNB.
“The delegation includes some civil society members, too,” he said, adding that they would hold meetings with stakeholders and observe the hearing at the UN’s top court.
The official, who wished to remain unnamed, said a minister-level delegation from Canada would also be there during the hearing.
Bangladesh and Canada are working closely on the Rohingya issue, officials said.
Gambia Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubacarr Marie Tambadou and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will lead the lawyers on behalf of their respective countries during the December 10-12 hearing at International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Suu Kyi will make her statement on Wednesday, another official told UNB, adding that over 120 international media outlets got registered to cover the three-day hearing.
Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University’s international relations department is also among the Bangladesh delegation members.
On November 11, The Gambia filed the case with the ICJ, accusing Myanmar of committing genocide in its campaign against Rohingya.
The Gambia, which lodged the case on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), asked the court to urgently order measures “to stop Myanmar’s genocidal conduct immediately”.
Bangladesh now shelters over 1.1 million Rohingyas. Most of them entered Cox’s Bazar since August 25, 2017 amid a military crackdown on Rohingyas in Rakhine.