December 31, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi's Fall From Grace: Nobel Peace Prize to Denying Genocide

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a joint press conference with Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.( AP Photo )

Earlier this month, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar, became the first person in history to win a Nobel Peace Prize and defend against accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Since 2017, More than 700,000 Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, have fled the country as Myanmar’s military began attacking their villages, sexually assaulting women, killing thousands, and in some accounts, throwing babies into fires. The military claimed these attacks were a counter-terrorism operation to stop a Rohingya insurgent group.

Human rights leaders throughout the world have condemned Suu Kyi for not speaking out against the military’s actions and stopping these atrocities, which have been called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing by a former UN human rights watch chief.

The nation of Gambia, on behalf of a group of 57 Islamic countries, filed a lawsuit in the world court accusing Myanmar of genocide. On December 11th, Aung San Suu Kyi testified at the International Court of Justice, and with a global audience, denied the accusations of genocide against her country.

Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya in exile and the co-founder of the Free Rohingya Coalition, was at the International Court of Justice at The Hague earlier this month. He joined The Takeaway to talk about the plight of the Rohingya people, Aung San Suu Kyi’s testimony, and her fall from grace.

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