ICC says it can probe forced exodus

About 700,000 Rohingya fled the Myanmar army crackdown

"This decision is a significant step in the right direction which opens up a clear avenue of justice for the Rohingya who were driven out of their homes, often as soldiers opened fire on them and burned down their villages", Biraj Patnaik, South Asia director of Amnesty", said on Friday.

The unprecedented ruling paves the way for Fatou Bensouda, the ICC's chief prosecutor, to further examine whether there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case, exposing the country's leadership to future sanction.

Previously, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said she had contacted the Myanmar government in relation to the imprisonment of the journalists.

On Aug. 25, 2017, Myanmar launched a major military crackdown on the Muslim ethnic minority, killing nearly 24,000 civilians and forcing 750,000 others, including women and children, to flee to Bangladesh, according to the Ontario International Development Agency.

But the drumbeat of calls for accountability is getting louder, with the International Criminal Court also soon due to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the crisis because it spilled across the border into Bangladesh.

"We look forward to the recommendations of the preliminary examination concerning the crimes allegedly committed against the Rohingya people and hope for a full investigation and trial of those accountable for all alleged crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC", Sundari said. Adilur Rahman Khan, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights, said in a statement. Bensouda said it "is not completed until the bullet (fired in one state) strikes and kills the victim (standing in another state)".

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Thursday's ruling now leaves a path for the ICC to announce the formal opening of a preliminary investigation into the Rohingya crisis.

Indonesian journalists on Friday gathered outside the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta to protest the conviction of two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets law.

Some of its biggest successes have been over war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the destruction of religious Muslim shrines in Timbuktu in Mali.

Myanmar has denied committing atrocities against the Rohingya, saying its military carried out justifiable actions against militants.

Myanmar recently rejected the findings of a United Nations probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya minority in the country.

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