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ICC chief prosecutor wants to investigate treatment of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims

Fatou Bensouda wants to investigate ‘waves of violence’ in Burma’s Rakhine state.

The Kerantoli refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (Federica de Caria/AP)
The Kerantoli refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh (Federica de Caria/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has said she wants to open an investigation into alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims as they fled Burma and into Bangladesh.

The court announced on Wednesday that a panel of judges will consider whether to authorise prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request, which has not yet been filed.

The court said Ms Bensouda wants to investigate alleged crimes “within the context of two waves of violence in Rakhine state” in Burma and any other crimes “sufficiently linked to these events”.

Last year, the court ruled that it has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya to Bangladesh.

Burma is not a member of the global court, but Bangladesh is.

Burma’s military has been accused of widespread rights violations leading about 700,000 Rohingya to flee the country since August 2017.

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