Rohingya genocide charge is misleading : Suu Kyi tell UN’s top court


The Hague, Dec 11 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday rejected accusations of genocide committed against her country’s Muslim Rohingya minority by military as “incomplete and misleading”, and said the case should not be heard by the U.N.’s highest court- the International Court of Justice (ICJ) .

She called the case against Myanmar “incomplete and incorrect .

The Nobel Peace laureate, speaking during three days of hearings at the International Court of Justice, challenged allegations in a lawsuit brought by Gambia last month accusing Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Suu Kyi, once feted in the West as a heroine of democracy, was now answering for Rohingya genocide at the courtroom in The Hague in defence of the actions of the Myanmar military that for years had kept her under house arrest. Suu Kyi maintained that Myanmar has always insisted it was tackling an extremist threat in Rakhine state calling the violence an “internal armed conflict triggered by attacks on police posts”.

She said troubles in Rakhine, where many Rohingya lived, go back to centuries.Thousands of Rohingya were killed and more than 7,00,000 fled to neighbouring Bangladesh during an army crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2017.

She told the court that the violence was started by militants seeking independence. The country considers them illegal immigrants and denies them citizenship. She said that if war crimes were committed by Myanmar’s military “they will be prosecuted”.

At the start of 2017, there were one million Rohingya in Myanmar, most living in Rakhine state.

A UN fact-finding mission which investigated the allegations found such compelling evidence that it said the army must be investigated for genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine.

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