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Myanmar rejects ICC ruling
September 08, 2018
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NAYPYIDAW: Myanmar’s government has rejected an International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling that it has jurisdiction to investigate allegations that Myanmar security forces violated international law by driving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes.

It said Thursday’s decision by the Hague-based court was “the result of faulty procedure and is of dubious legal merit.”

The office of Myanmar President Win Myint also reiterated on Friday that it has no obligation to respect the court’s ruling because the country is not a party to the treaty that established the institution.

Myanmar’s government spokesman will no longer answer phone calls from media, he said on Friday.

“We won’t answer the phone in future,” government spokesman Zaw Htay told reporters in the capital Naypyidaw on Friday, adding that he will instead hold press conferences every one or two weeks.

He had been expected to discuss the ICC’s decision, saying on Thursday night that he would answer questions on the matter at the media conference.

But he refused to be drawn on the matter on Friday, instead saying the government would give an official statement in response “soon.”

Myanmar’s reputation has been further battered in the last two weeks with a damning UN report calling for military chief Min Aung Hlaing and other top generals to be prosecuted for “genocide” after more than 700,000 Rohingya fled a military crackdown last year.


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