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Netherlands: Aung San Suu Kyi calls ICJ case against Myanmar 'incomplete and misleading’

Netherlands, The Hague
December 11, 2019 at 20:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Myanmar's State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government against charges of genocide, speaking before judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague on Wednesday. The case of alleged atrocities against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state was filed by The Gambia.

"Regrettably, the Gambia has placed before the Court an incomplete and misleading factual picture of the situation in Rakhine State in Myanmar. Yet, it is of the utmost importance that the Court assess the situation obtained on the ground in Rakhine dispassionately and accurately,” said Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi admitted the disproportionate of force by the army cannot but stressed that 'such conduct, if proven, could be relevant under international humanitarian law or human rights conventions, but not under the 1948 genocide convention.'

In 2017 Rohingya militants carried out a series of attacks against Myanmar security forces, killing 12 police officers dead. It triggered a crackdown by Myanmar's military, with widespread reports of indiscriminate killings, arson, looting and rape. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled the country.

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Myanmar's State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government against charges of genocide, speaking before judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague on Wednesday. The case of alleged atrocities against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state was filed by The Gambia.

"Regrettably, the Gambia has placed before the Court an incomplete and misleading factual picture of the situation in Rakhine State in Myanmar. Yet, it is of the utmost importance that the Court assess the situation obtained on the ground in Rakhine dispassionately and accurately,” said Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi admitted the disproportionate of force by the army cannot but stressed that 'such conduct, if proven, could be relevant under international humanitarian law or human rights conventions, but not under the 1948 genocide convention.'

In 2017 Rohingya militants carried out a series of attacks against Myanmar security forces, killing 12 police officers dead. It triggered a crackdown by Myanmar's military, with widespread reports of indiscriminate killings, arson, looting and rape. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled the country.

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