In rare legal test, Myanmar faces genocide hearings at The Hague

epa08046421 A woman walks near a billboard with the portrait of Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, 05 December 2019. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will appear at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague to aid the defense in a lawsuit filed by The Gambia, accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya in 2017. EPA-EFE/LYNN BO BO

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Lawyers pressing a case against Myanmar for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority will next week ask U.N.  judges at The Hague to order immediate action to protect them from further violence.

The office of Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate, has said she will lead her country’s defence personally.

Gambia, a tiny, mainly Muslim West African country, filed a lawsuit in November accusing Myanmar of genocide, the most serious international crime.

During three days of hearings starting Dec. 10, it will ask the 16-member panel of U.N. judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to impose “provisional measures” to protect the Rohingya before the case can be heard in full.

More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh since a 2017 military crackdown, which U.N. investigators found in August to have been carried out with “genocidal intent”. Myanmar vehemently denies allegations of genocide.

 

Via Reuters

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