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Myanmar Rejects  ICC Ruling to Probe Rohingya Deportations

Myanmar has “resolutely” rejected a ruling from the International Criminal Court (ICC) which said that the body had jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity. Through an unprecedented ruling on Thursday, the ICC empowered itself to probe alleged crimes against the Rohingya, even though Myanmar is not an ICC member. In response, the office of Myanmar’s President Win Myint on Friday dismissed the ICC ruling, calling it “the result of faulty procedure and of dubious legal merit” and saying the country was “under no obligation” to respect it. “Furthermore, allegations consisting of charged narratives of harrowing personal tragedies which have nothing to do with the legal arguments in question were permitted, thereby putting emotional pressure on the Court,” the president’s office added in a statement.

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