Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh expressed elation lask week over an International Court of Justice ruling that went against Myanmar in a landmark genocide case, saying it gave them hope that they could return safely to Rakhine State one day.
A 17-judge panel of the ICJ ruled unanimously in ordering Myanmar to take measures to shield the stateless Rohingya minority from further atrocities as well as to refrain from destroying evidence of alleged crimes that could be used in future hearings.
Crowds of refugees among the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims sheltering at camps in southeastern Cox’s Bazar district fixed their eyes on TV sets as they watched live coverage of the verdict from the ICJ based in The Hague, Netherlands.
As the judges handed down their ruling, some of the refugees in Bangladesh wept. Others started to pray.
“This verdict makes us hopeful about our desired repatriation, repatriation with safety and dignity, to Arakan [Rakhine]," Abdur Rahim, a refugee who serves as vice president of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, an NGO, told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, after watching the verdict on television.
"All Rohingya people are happy with the judgment,” Rahim said.
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