Published: Tue, December 10, 2019

Myanmar's Suu Kyi arrives at UN court for genocide hearings

Myanmar's Suu Kyi arrives at UN court for genocide hearings

Its court petition accused Myanmar of genocidal acts "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, as well as the systematic destruction by fire of their villages, often with inhabitants locked inside burning houses".

He also called for worldwide community to create a "safe-zone" for Rohingya Muslims until the Myanmar government gave Rohingya Muslims their rights. In that case, the ICJ issued an order several weeks later, on April 8, 1993.

"We are deeply concerned that instead of condemning these crimes, Aung San Suu Kyi is actively denying that these atrocities even occurred".

In the same week, a third case is filed by rights groups under the principle of universal jurisdiction in Argentina.

Meanwhile, Gen. Aziz Ahmed, the Bangladeshi army chief of staff departed on Sunday for a four-day visit to Myanmar, where he was scheduled to meet with Vice Senior Gen. Soe Win, the deputy chief of that country's armed forces, to discuss a range of bilateral matters, said Lt. Col. Zaid.

Rohingya Muslims in Europe are hopeful for the outcome of a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) filed against Myanmar by West African country Gambia for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in the country over the past few years. "We want justice with the help of the worldwide community".

The case will be the first worldwide legal attempt to bring Myanmar to justice over the crisis, and is a rare example of a country suing another over an issue to which it is not directly a party.

People participate in a rally in support of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at Bago Township on December.

But a final ruling may be years away. They must be held accountable for genocide against the Rohingya.

In October, The Gambia's attorney general and justice minister, Abubacarr M Tambadou, told the BBC he acted after visiting a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh and hearing of killings, rape, and torture.

On November 14 judges backed a request for a full probe into allegations of crimes against humanity over the crackdown.

But the process is lengthy, requiring participation from Bangladesh and - somewhat implausibly - Myanmar to hand over suspects.

David Methieson, an independent analyst in Yangon, says for much of Myanmar, the reaction to Suu Kyi's decision to personally appear at the Hague was one of "shock".

Seen from this perspective, Suu Kyi's appearance this week to defend her country with respect to this ICJ case - a choice that has attracted considerably attention on its own terms as well - will constitute just the latest in a series of events that have cast the Rohingya crisis into the global headlines.

Rather, the case is "state-to-state" litigation between UN member states governed by legal provisions in the UN Charter, the ICJ Statute, and the Genocide Convention, Human Rights Watch said.

Some 740,000 Rohingya fled into neighbouring Bangladesh, bringing with them accounts of widespread murder, rape and arson - violence that United Nations investigators have branded as genocide.

- How is Myanmar responding?

Suu Kyi's office said last month that she would lead her country's team in The Hague to "defend the national interest".

She will not address what is known as the "World Court" until Wednesday morning, when she is expected to argue that the military operations in question were a legitimate counter-terrorism response to attacks by Rohingya militants.

Kingsley Abbott from the International Commission of Jurists warns of a "long and challenging" legal road ahead - and that victims' expectations must be carefully managed.

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