Dutch House of Representatives adopts motion for probe on Rohingya genocide

A file photo taken on September 27, 2017, shows the remains of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Photo: Reuters

The Dutch House of Representatives, the lower house of parliament, has adopted a motion asking the government to investigate Myanmar's genocide against Rohingya Muslims in order to pave the way to open a case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The resolution on Thursday, which requested the government to gather support of other countries to back the case, was accepted by majority of votes, reports Anadolu News agency from the Hague today.

Rohingya, the most persecuted community in the world, has long been facing government atrocities in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar.

According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community in August 2017.

Since August 25, 2017, nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar's state forces, according to a report by the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).

Some 18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped by Myanmar's army and police and over 115,000 Rohingya homes were burned down and 113,000 others vandalised, it added.