Ensuring justice a precondition for Rohingya repatriation
Ensuring justice and accountability for the Rohingya population is an important precondition for their safe, dignified and voluntary return to Rakhine state in Myanmar, said Ambassador Rabab Fatima, permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN.
She said this on Thursday while addressing the Security Council Open debate on "Peace building and sustaining peace: transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situation", said a press release.
Highlighting the importance of internationally recognised criminal justice mechanisms in ensuring justice for countries coming out of conflict, she welcomed the "groundbreaking decision" of the International Criminal Court about ensuring accountability of the rights violations and crimes by Myanmar against its Rohingya population.
She also exemplified the ICJ order of January 23 as a momentous development in this regard.
In reiterating Bangladesh's commitment to the Security Council's Women Peace and Security, and Youth, Peace and Security agenda, the envoy said, "We remain committed to supporting multi-pronged efforts of the UN to prevent and ensure accountability for violence against women and children during armed conflicts."
She also underscored Bangladesh's contribution to the UN's peacekeeping operations as a major troop and police contributing country.
In post-conflict context, she said, it is critically important to address impunity, ensure accountability and break the cycles of conflicts and atrocities of the past.
In this regard, she emphasised the importance of preventing a sense of inequality, discrimination, exclusion and other root causes of violence and conflict in a society.
The debate was organised by Belgium as the president of the Security Council for the month of February.