10 December 2019 10:37
Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has arrived at the international court of justice in The Hague, where she is expected to defend her country's military against accusations of genocide. Before dawn, a long queue had assembled outside the Peace Palace in the Dutch city to witness the first of three days of hearings that will focus international attention on military clearance operations in 2017 against the Rohingya Muslim minority, which forced 700,000 people to flee across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh. The contrast has been repeatedly drawn between Aung San Suu Kyi's 1991 peace prize win and 15 years spent under house arrest, and her present position as chief denier that any ethnic violence has been perpetrated against the Rohingya. Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the United Nations' International Court of Justice in the Hague on Tuesday, defending against accusations of genocide. Aung, once hailed as a human rights icon, was summoned to the Netherlands after the West African, muslim-majority state of Gambia launched a case against the country for breaching breaching the 1948 Genocide Convention.
Acting on behalf of the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Gambia will ask the court for emergency measures to stop Myanmar's "ongoing genocidal actions." "The genocidal acts committed during these operations were intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group, in whole or in part, by the use of mass murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence," Gambia said in its submission to the court. Aung San Suu Kyi: From freedom fighter to pariah Military rule Suu Kyi spent 15 of the 21 years between 1989 and 2010 under house arrest. Aung San Suu Kyi: From freedom fighter to pariah 'The Lady' Suu Kyi's determination to bring democracy and human rights to her country won her international renown, including the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. Aung San Suu Kyi: From freedom fighter to pariah Persecution of the Rohingya Rohingya are a mostly Muslim ethnic group who had their citizenship revoked by Myanmar's Buddhist-majority government in 1982. Long persecuted, their plight intensified in 2016 when the military began what it calls "clearance" of illegal immigrants - but what groups like Human Rights Watch have described as "ethnic cleansing." Thousands have died and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.
Gambia filed a case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the United Nations' highest court, accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority. A statement released Monday by lawyers for Gambia says the case also asks the International Court of Justice to order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The U.N.'s highest court on Tuesday began a hearing into allegations of genocide in Myanmar over the military campaign against the Rohingya minority, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi set to defend those who once held her under house arrest. Scores of Rohingya supporters gathered outside the International Court of Justice in The Hague behind a banner marked "Stop Genocide." Some carried photos of Suu Kyi with "Shame" and "agent of the military" written under them. A group of seven Nobel peace prize winners has called on Suu Kyi "to publicly acknowledge the crimes, including genocide, committed against the Rohingya.