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Aung San Suu Kyi into court to defend Myanmar over genocide allegations

Last updated on December 11, 2019

Former pro-democracy emblem Aung San Suu Kyi takes center-stage Wednesday in the U.N.’s leading courtroom as she attempts to shield Myanmar’s armed forces against genocide allegations on its crackdown on the nation’s Rohingya minority.

Representing Myanmar as foreign minister ahead of the International Court of Justice,” Suu Kyi will direct her nation’s defense against an armed forces’ effort against Rohingya Muslims in August 2017, that has been established in reaction to an insurgent assault.

Over 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape what’s been described as an ethnic cleansing campaign between mass rapes, killings and the torching of houses.

Wednesday’s hearing, expected to last around three hours will visit Suu Kyi shield the exact armed forces which kept her under house arrest for approximately 15 decades.

A legal group from Gambia — acting on behalf of this 57-country Organization of Islamic Cooperation — has asked the world court at The Hague to take”all steps within its power to avoid all actions that amount to contribute to the offense of genocide” in Myanmar.

On Tuesday, Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou encouraged the court to”inform Myanmar to prevent these senseless killings, to prevent those acts of barbarity that continue to jolt our collective conscience, to prevent this genocide of its people.”

The hearings are scheduled to finish on Thursday.