‘Brutal massacre of Myanmar against Rohingya should be stopped’
Published: 02:30 PM, 12 December 2019
Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, defended the genocide allegations in the second day of the Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar military on Wednesday amid accusations of mass killing, rape and expulsion of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
The hearing of the trial is being held on Wednesday at Hague, Netherlands, for the second day in a genocide case filed by the Gambia, a small West African country with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nation’s highest court, alleging it violated the 1948 Genocide Convention.
“Regrettable, the Gambia has placed an incomplete, misleading factual picture of the situation in Rakhine state,” said Aung San Suu Kyi at the UN’s top court adding, “‘genocidal intent’ cannot be the only hypothesis in the case of Myanmar.”
She said, “Can there be genocidal intent on the part of the state that actively investigates, prosecutes, and punishes soldiers and officers, who are accused of wrongdoing? Although the focus here is on members of the military, I can assure you that appropriate action will be taken on civilian offenders, in line with due process.” — reports Al-Jazeera.
The situation in the Rakhine state was “complex”, she said acknowledging the “suffering” of the Rohingya minority, which has many of them have fled for safety in Bangladesh.
But Aung San Suu Kyi repeatedly termed the 2017 bloody crackdown as “internal conflict”, saying “Myanmar’s military was responding to attack by armed local groups, such as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).”
Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, Gambia’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General in President Adama Barrow’s cabinet, said, “The brutal massacre of Myanmar against minority Rohingya Muslims must be stopped. The country must stop this genocide against its citizens.”
He also urged the United Nations top court to order Myanmar to stop the genocide against Rohingya Muslims and issue a temporary directive before declaring a verdict.
Noted that Myanmar’s military is accused of leading a brutal campaign in 2017 in Rakhine state against the Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority whom the Buddhist-dominated nation does not consider citizens.
Around 740,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh after a bloody crackdown by the Myanmar military in 2017 that UN investigators have already described as genocide.
In an investigation, A team of United Nations alleges “ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s army and said that the Rohingya were indiscriminately massacred, raped and burned down their homes.
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