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Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at ICJ as Myanmar faces genocide case

Aung San Suu Kyi

New York, December 11:

Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Tuesday for a highly anticipated genocide case against Myanmar.

Wearing a traditional dress, the country’s civilian leader, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against Myanmar’s military dictatorship, did not speak to reporters as she entered the UN’s top court.

She is due to make her comments defending Myanmar in court on Wednesday.

She arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Sunday alongside Wouter Jurgens, the Dutch ambassador to Myanmar, and was greeted by a handful of supporters.

Several demonstrations, for and against her, are expected to take place in the coming days in the Dutch city.

The case, the first international legal attempt to bring Myanmar to justice over alleged mass killings of the Rohingya minority in 2017, comes after the Gambia on November 11 filed an application at the ICJ, accusing Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has said she would participate in the hearing and lead her country’s team to “defend the national interest”.

More than 700,000 Rohingya, a mostly-Muslim minority, fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after a bloody crackdown in 2017 by the Myanmar military, which UN investigators have concluded was carried out with “genocidal intent”.

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