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Six Years On: The ICC's struggles with the Rohingya Crisis
Navigating the ICC's Complex Approach to the Rohingya Crisis on its 6th Anniversary
Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Rohingya crisis, a dark chapter that saw thousands killed and nearly a million displaced. While the wounds remain fresh, the pursuit of justice seems to be entangled in a web of international politics.
In my latest analysis, I explore the ICC's engagement with the Rohingya crisis, highlighting the delicate balance they must maintain between justice, diplomacy, and their fundamental mandates. Chief Prosecutor Karim Khan's recent visit to Bangladesh, in particular, raised questions, frustrations, and even confusion among the Rohingya refugees. The emphasis on certain issues, such as the WFP ration cuts, while overlooking others, reflects a strategic approach that may have unintended consequences.
The ICC's tactics not only shape the narrative of justice but also influence the geopolitics surrounding the Rohingya crisis. Khan's praise of Bangladesh might be aimed at building trust, but it can also risk aligning too closely with specific narratives, possibly jeopardising the very people they seek to protect.