Myanmar forms special unit on int'l criminal justice

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-27 09:57:28|Editor: ZX
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YANGON, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar government has formed a Special Unit on international criminal justice in order to strengthen internal capacity and expertize and provide legal opinion to relevant ministries on issues related to international criminal law, according to a press statement of the Ministry of the State Counselor's Office late Tuesday.

The special unit will be led by the Union Attorney General's Office and comprises of legal experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Union Attorney General's Office and the Office of the Judge Advocate General, the statement said.

The formation of the special unit came after Myanmar government announced on last Thursday that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as foreign minister, will lead a legal team to Hague, Netherlands to defend the country's national interest at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning Rakhine issue, filed by Gambia against Myanmar.

Myanmar has retained the services of top most legal experts to contest the case.

Gambia, on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has submitted an application to the ICJ against Myanmar with regard to the displaced persons from Rakhine state.