THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (AP) – Former pro-democracy symbol Aung San Suu Kyi took centre-stage yesterday at the United Nations (UN) top court as she seeks to defend Myanmar’s armed forces against genocide allegations over its crackdown on the country’s Rohingya minority.
Representing Myanmar as Foreign Minister before the International Court of Justice, Suu Kyi led her country’s defence of an armed forces’ campaign against Rohingya in August 2017, which was launched in response to an insurgent attack. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what has been described as an ethnic cleansing campaign involving mass rapes, killings and the torching of homes.
Yesterday hearing, which lasted three hours, saw Suu Kyi defend the very armed forces that kept her under house arrest for about 15 years. She was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for championing democracy and rights under Myanmar’s then-ruling junta.