Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi faced calls for Myanmar to “stop the genocide” of Rohingya Muslims as she personally led her country’s defence at the UN’s top court today.
The court hearings are beginning on Human Rights day.
Myanmar’s civilian leader sat through graphic accounts of mass murder and rape as the west African state of The Gambia set out its case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
“Tell Myanmar to stop these senseless killings, to stop these acts of barbarity that continue to shock our collective conscience, to stop this genocide of its own people,” Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou told the judges.
Every day of inaction means more people are being killed, more women are being raped and more children are being burned alive. For what crime? Only that they were born different. Tambadou later told reporters it would be “extremely disappointing” if Suu Kyi repeated her previous denials of wrongdoing by Myanmar when she addresses the court tomorrow.
Her decision to personally lead the southeast Asian nation’s case at the court has proved popular at home, where the Rohingya are widely regarded as illegal immigrants despite having lived in Myanmar for decades.
Popular reggae singer Saw Phoe Khwa was among the celebrities who took to the stage in Yangon, imploring everyone to love each other before breaking into song.
The Gambia’s lawyers, however, said the appearance of huge billboards across Myanmar in recent weeks featuring pictures of Suu Kyi with three smiling generals showed she was “in it together” with the army that once held her captive.
A small group of Suu Kyi supporters also unfurled a banner outside the court with the Myanmar leader’s face on it saying: “We love you, we stand with you!”
Aung San Suu Kyi was once mentioned in the same breath as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, having won the Nobel in 1991 for her resistance to Myanmar’s brutal junta.
Myanmar, however, faces a number of legal challenges over the fate of the Rohingya, including a probe by the International Criminal Court — a separate war crimes tribunal in The Hague — and a lawsuit in Argentina.Read more: TheJournal.ie
At least she had the guts to show up. Most leaders would have ducked it. Shameful Behaviour by this lady who was a recipient of a nobel peace prize,killing people in her own country.
Case against Myanmar set out at The HagueMass rapes, the burning alive of Muslim Rohingya families in their homes and the killing with knives of dozens of children were described by Gambia's legal team as it set out its genocide case against Myanmar at the UN's highest court. Well many got her wrong. Somebody better dust off her piano.
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