Case filed against Suu Kyi at Argentina court
Published: 12:26 PM, 14 November 2019 Updated: 03:03 PM, 14 November 2019
Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Collected
A lawsuit was filed in Argentina on Wednesday against State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi and several top officials of the Asian country over alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims.
It is the first time the Nobel Laureate has been legally targeted over the crisis, reported AFP.
According to the report, Rohingya and Latin American human rights groups submitted the case in Argentina under the principle of "universal jurisdiction," a legal concept enshrined in many countries' laws.
The premise is that some acts - including war crimes and crimes against humanity - are so horrific they are not specific to one nation and can be tried anywhere.
"This complaint seeks the criminal sanction of the perpetrators, accomplices and cover-ups of the genocide. We are doing it through Argentina because they have no other possibility of filing the criminal complaint anywhere else," lawyer Tomas Ojea told AFP.
The lawsuit demands top military and political leaders - including army chief Min Aung Hlaing and civilian leader Suu Kyi - face justice over the "existential threat" faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK), said, "For decades, the Myanmar authorities have tried to wipe us out by confining us to ghettos, forcing us to flee our home country and killing us."
Myanmar faces mounting legal pressure in courts around the world for the 2017 expulsion of the Rohingya.
Earlier on Monday, the Gambia filed another case against Myanmar at the UN's top court in The Hague. Canada also supported Gambia's move.
Ojea said he hoped international arrest warrants would be issued as a result of the suit. However, the crime of genocide was not specifically included as it is in not in Argentina's penal code.