Aung San Suu Kyi says allegations that Myanmar has committed genocide & # 39; misleading & # 39; to be
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, told the UN Supreme Court today that allegations that Myanmar had committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims & # 39; misleading and incomplete & # 39; goods.
Suu Kyi arrived at the International Court of Justice in The Hague to defend her country against allegations of genocide on the second day of hearings in a case brought by The Gambia.
The 74-year-old leader allowed a panel of judges to begin defending her country with the opening of comments expected to reject the jurisdiction of the UN court and deny misconduct by the Southeast Asian nation.
The leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, speaks on the second day of hearings in a case brought by the Gambia against Myanmar for genocide against the Muslim Rohingya population
Suu Kyi arrives at the International Court of Justice in The Hague for the second day of the sessions
& # 39; Unfortunately, Gambia has presented a misleading and incomplete picture of the situation in the state of Rakhine in court, & # 39; said Suu Kyi.
More than 730,000 Rohingya people fled from Myanmar after the army launched a crackdown in the western Rakhine state in August 2017. Most now live in crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Myanmar argues that the military & # 39; cleanup operations & # 39; in Rakhine were a justified response to acts of terrorism and that the soldiers have acted adequately.
Suu Kyi had listened unmoved Tuesday while lawyers for the Gambia gave detailed graphic testimonies of the suffering of Rohingya by the Myanmar army.
The head of a UN fact-finding mission to Myanmar warned in October that & # 39; there is a serious risk of genocide recurring & # 39 ;.
The mission also found that Myanmar should be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against the Rohingya.
The leader was expected to start the defense of her country with introductory remarks that reject the jurisdiction of the UN court and deny misconduct by the Southeast Asian nation
& # 39; Unfortunately, Gambia has presented a misleading and incomplete picture of the situation in the state of Rakhine before the court & # 39 ;, she said
Members of the Rohingya community enter the courtroom before the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, addresses the International Court of Justice
At today's hearing, which is expected to last around three hours, Suu Kyi will defend the country's armed forces, who have kept her under house arrest for about 15 years.
Suu Kyi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for defending democracy and rights under the then-ruling military junta of Myanmar.
A legal team from The Gambia – acting on behalf of the 57-country organization for Islamic cooperation – has asked the court in The Hague to take all measures within its power to prevent all acts that amount to or contribute to the crime of genocide & # 39 in Myanmar.
Nowadays, dozens of protesters stood in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague, supporting banners of Myanmar, Suu Kyi, with banners and photos.
The leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, attends a hearing on the second day of a case brought by Gambia
At today's hearing, which is expected to last about three hours, Suu Kyi will defend the country's forces, who have kept her under house arrest for about 15 years
Suu Kyi speaks for the judges on the second day of the hearings that continue until Thursday
Others gathered outside the International Court of Justice to demonstrate against Suu Kyi, with signs that said & # 39; justice for Rohingya & # 39 ;.
On Tuesday, Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou urged the court to tell Myanmar to stop these useless murders, to stop these barbaric acts that continue to shock our collective conscience, to stop this genocide on its own people.
Apart from the detailed description of graphic reports of rape, mutilation, and murder of children by soldiers in a three-hour presentation yesterday, the Gambia representatives underlined what they said it was the & # 39; continued genocidal intention & # 39; of Myanmar and the ongoing incitement to racial hatred by the government.
They said that & # 39; overwhelming & # 39; proof of genocide and that they want to take steps to prevent & # 39; extrajudicial killings or physical abuse; rape or other forms of sexual violence; burning houses or villages; destruction of land and cattle, robbery of food & # 39; and other actions & # 39; calculated to effect the physical destruction of the Rohingya group in whole or in part. & # 39;
Protesters in support of Myanmar's counsel Aung San Suu Kyi are taking photos today in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague
Suu Kyi supporters had signs with the text & # 39; we love you, we are with you & # 39; and & # 39; together forever & # 39; before the hearing
People are demonstrating against Myanmar & # 39; s leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside the International Court of Justice
In three days this week, judges hear the first phase of the case: The Gambia's request for & # 39; interim measures & # 39; – the equivalent of a restraining order against Myanmar to protect the Rohingya population until the case is fully dealt with.
Myanmar has strongly denied the allegations, but says it is ready to take action against offenders if there is sufficient evidence.
A statement on the website of the Ministry of the Interior recently said that the renewed international pressure on the country was due to a lack of understanding of & # 39; the complexity of the issue and the stories of the people of Myanmar & # 39; .
The hearings end on Thursday.
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