Turkey donates $2 lakh for trial of Rohingya genocide case filed by Gambia
Turkey has committed contribution of $200,000 to the fund for the trial of Rohingya genocide case filed with International Court of Justice by the Gambia.
The commitment came at a meeting of the OIC Ad Hoc Ministerial Committee on Accountability for Human Rights Violations against the Rohingyas held in Islamabad, Pakistan on the margin of the 48th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held from March 22-23.
The Gambia filed the case in 2019, two years after Myanmar military began a brutal crackdown against the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, which forced some 750,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh in 2017.
The present status on the voluntary contribution by the member states and summary of the fund requirements to maneuver the case were presented by the Gambia.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, who is attending the meeting, called for strong solidarity from the member states by contributing voluntarily to meet the legal expenses of the case.
While thanking the Gambia and the OIC for the kind support, he called for keeping the momentum to provide justice to Rohingyas.
On Monday (March 21), the US government determined violence against Rohingyas as genocide, raising hope for Rohingya justice and repatriation.
Masud Bin Momen said Bangladesh cannot bear the immense socio-economic and environmental costs by hosting millions of Rohingyas for an indefinite period and that they must be repatriated to Myanmar at the earliest.
The 10-member committee formed in line with the decision of 45th OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Dhaka in 2018 to ensure justice to the Rohingyas also discussed the updated status especially of the recent hearing in February 2022, on the case filed by The Gambia.
Masud Bin Momen stressed on the importance of Rohingya repatriation to avoid transnational socio-economic catastrophe, especially as thousands of juveniles and youths apprehensive of no hope for their future.