Rights groups lodge complaint with ICC against PM, others

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka

Two rights organisations have lodged complaints against the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and 24 others with the International Criminal Court for ‘violating’ human rights, said a BBC Bangla report.
According the report aired at 7:30am on Saturday, the two US-based organisations are Human Rights and Development for Bangladesh and Greater Washington DC Bangladeshi-Americans.
The home minister, state minister for home and law, information minister and the high-ups of the police are, among, the accused in the complaints, the report says.
The report, however, did not say when the complaints were lodged.
Over the issue, Ahmed Ziauddin, a Bangladeshi legal expert in Belgium, however, told the BBC that if the ICC reaches such a decision that the matter is of grave concern for the world, then, it will only give a formal approval for investigation. ‘It’s a long process,’ he said.
The legal expert said, ‘It is not such an easy matter that two organisations or people of Washington send a letter (to the ICC) and the trial begins (based on it). Thinking like that will be a great mistake.’
He went on: ‘The ICC is not a court that deals with human rights (issue). It’s an international criminal court.’

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