Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury conveyed Bangladesh's position at 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute
Bangladesh has restated its support for the Rome Statute; and has pushed the International Criminal Court to put an end to impunity, and uphold the rule of law, by bringing the perpetrators of the world's most heinous crimes to justice.
Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury conveyed Bangladesh's position on the matter at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, in The Hague, on Tuesday.
Referring to the trial and prosecution of those who committed war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity during Bangladesh's War of Independence in 1971, Dr Shirin noted Bangladesh’s commitment to the Rome Statute’s “complementarity” principle—which relates to the court’s jurisdiction.
Drawing the States Parties' attention to the devastating consequences of the recent forced displacement of Myanmar’s Rohingyas to Bangladesh, she highlighted Bangladesh's genuine efforts to facilitate their safe, voluntary, and dignified return home.
Shirin Sharmin also stated that an innovative aspect of the Rome Statute is the creation of a trust fund for victims – which facilitates reparative justice – according to a message from The Hague.
She additionally pledged Bangladesh's support for the trust fund.
The speaker also drew attention to technological progress currently expanding beyond national borders, and stressed the importance of the ICC's flexibility and openness to new ideas and voices—in order to remain relevant in the coming decades and ensure that everyone has access to justice.
Dr Shirin also stressed the importance of recognizing and supporting the principle of universality.
Elite representatives from the States Parties to the Rome Statute, including the President of Nigeria, Ministers, and parliament speakers from many of the States Parties, attended the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, in The Hague.