yanmar: Thousands Rally for Aung San Suu Kyi Ahead of Hague Court Hearing
Posted on December 9th, 2019



Thousands of supporters waved banners and colorful portraits of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Saturday, December 7, in an ostentatious show of their loyalty on the eve of her departure for the U.N.’s top court to face genocide charges over the Rohingya crisis. The Myanmar leader is set to testify at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague starting Tuesday, where lawyers are pressing a case against Myanmar for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African country, filed a lawsuit in November, accusing Myanmar of genocide, the most serious international crime. During three days of hearings, it will ask the 16-member panel of U.N. judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to impose provisional measures” to protect the Rohingya before the case can be heard in full. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh after a 2017 military crackdown, which U.N. investigators found in August to have been carried out with genocidal intent.” Myanmar vehemently denies allegations of genocide. The office of Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has said she will lead her country’s defense personally. Myanmar’s legal team is expected to argue genocide did not occur, that the top U.N. court lacks jurisdiction, and the case fails to meet a requirement that a dispute exists between Myanmar and Gambia.  

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