December 10, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at ICJ as Myanmar faces genocide case

Myanmar leader defending country against charges of genocide over 2017 crackdown on the Rohingya, filed by Gambia.
Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at ICJ as Myanmar faces genocide case
Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the International Court of Justice, ahead of hearings in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population [Yves Herman/Reuters]
Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Tuesday for a highly anticipated genocide case against Myanmar.
Wearing traditional dress, the country's civilian leader, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against Myanmar's military dictatorship, did not speak to reporters as she entered the UN's top court.
She is due to make her comments defending Myanmar in court on Wednesday.
She arrived at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Sunday alongside Wouter Jurgens, the Dutch ambassador to Myanmar, and was greeted by a handful of supporters.

Several demonstrations, for and against her, are expected to take place in the coming days in the Dutch city.
The case, the first international legal attempt to bring Myanmar to justice over alleged mass killings of the Rohingya minority in 2017, comes after the Gambia on November 11 filed an application at the ICJ, accusing Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

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