Supporters throng streets as Myanmar leader Suu Kyi returns from The Hague

Clay Curtis
December 15, 2019

Dozens of her supporters gathered outside the court in The Hague and noisily chanted "We stand with you Aung San Suu Kyi" as she arrived to give her speech.

"The Rohingya have suffered enough and deserve nothing less than a dignified return to their homesteads, equality under the law, and a life of respect", said European Foundation For South Asian Studies (EFSAS), in its commentary, while referring to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's statement during ICJ hearing over alleged human rights abuses of Rohingya in her country. With her being a part of the government setup, today she is vehemently protecting the very same army which is reported to have committed grave atrocities against the Rohingya community.

She used a dramatic appearance at the court in The Hague on Wednesday to say there was no "genocidal intent" behind the operation that led to some 740,000 Rohingya fleeing into neighbouring Bangladesh.

He said that those killed included "infants beaten to death or torn from their mothers' arms and thrown into rivers to drown".

The commentary cited, Suu Kyi as saying in her statement before the ICJ, that Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has received weapons and explosives training from Afghan and Pakistani militants.

The lawyer said Suu Kyi had also failed to deny the conclusions of a 2018 United Nations investigation that found that genocide had been committed in Myanmar against the Rohingya.

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"Armed conflict can never be an excuse for genocide".

There are independent reports which show that not only have the Rohingya Muslims faced horrific violence at the hands of Myanmar security forces in 2016 and 2017, but they have also been subjected to decades-long systematic discrimination.

Principally-Muslim Gambia has taken majority-Buddhist Myanmar to the courtroom within the Hague, accusing it of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide conference and looking for emergency measures to guard the Rohingya.

"What is most striking is what Myanmar has not denied", Reichler said.

For now, both countries await the decision from the ICJ - with experts estimating that it may take anywhere from two weeks to one month minimum.

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