Aung San Suu Kyi in the docks accused of Rohingya genocide

Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor,Shottobani

Londonঃ Aung San Suu Kyi representing Myanmar appeared today,11 Dec, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague convened to hear an opening request in a genocide case filed against Myanmar by Gambia for its atrocities against Rohingyas, denied genocide on technical grounds.

She appeared following Gambia’s complaint against Myanmar alleging genocide in Myanmar’s treatment of ethnic Rohingyas and the continued threat of genocide. The charges stem from atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces in northern Rakhine State, which have forced over 700,000 Rohingyas to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. Gambia’s delegation detailed report from the UN Fact Finding Mission of genocidal rape, killings and mass destruction. UN investigators have said Myanmar’s operation included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson and was executed with genocidal intent.

Hearings started at the court on Tuesday 10 December and will end on 12 December.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s denied accusations of widespread abuses and said the Burmese military’s actions were part of an ongoing fight against the Arakan army, terming them as terrorists. She gave a brief history lesson saying that the troubles in Rakhine state, home to Rohingyas go back centuries and Gambia, which brought the suit against Myanmar, had painted an incomplete and misleading picture of the factual situation in Rakhine. The case continues.

Today the United States imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military commanders, for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities. The sanctions targeted military chief Min Aung Hlaing on the same day Aung San Suu Kyi, attended the second day of hearings at the court in The Hague.

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