Aung San Suu Kyi appears before Hague tribunal to defend accusations of genocide


Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has found herself in the UN’s International Court of Justice (image: AP Photos)

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is appearing at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) to defend her country against accusations of genocide.


Once seen as a champion of human rights and the ultimate symbol of hope and resilience in the face of oppression, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has found herself in the UN’s International Court of Justice attempting to defend Myanmar against accusations of genocide.


Thousands of Rohingya were killed and more than 700,000 fled to neighbouring Bangladesh during an army crackdown in the Buddhist-majority country in 2017.


Lawyers for the Gambia, who have brought the case forward, with the backing of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, laid out the details that include: mass shootings, throat slittings, infanticide, torture, rape and burning down of villages, carried out systematically and together amounting to the destruction of the Rohingya as a group, in whole or part.


As of 30 September, there were 915,000 Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh. Almost 80% arrived between August and December 2017, and in March this year.


Bangladesh said it would accept no more.The country plans to relocate 100,000 refugees to Bhasan Char, a small island in the Bay of Bengal, but over 39 aid agencies and human rights groups have opposed the idea.


Entering court in The Hague, Ms Suu Kyi made no comment when asked if she was defending the indefensible.


Suu Kyi was one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners, held under house arrest for a staggering 15 years. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, in recognition of her leadership of the Burmese pro-democracy movement.


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