Rohingya refugee children play on a swing at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on April 9, 2018. / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN
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The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court has asked judges to rule whether she can open a probe into the mass deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar.Opening a preliminary probe into the Rohingya's plight is legally complicated for the tribunal as Myanmar is not a member of the ICC.Set up in 2002 in The Hague, the ICC is the world's only permanent war crimes court and acts to prosecute the worst abuses including genocide in places where national tribunals are unwilling or unable to act.Bensouda asked the tribunal to set up a special chamber to examine and rule on her request, urging that it be dealt with in an "expeditious" manner.
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