Netherlands: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi calls on ICJ to drop genocide case

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Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi asked judges at The International Court of Justice (ICJ) to dismiss allegations that Myanmar committed genocide when testifying at The Hague on Thursday.

“It is vital for Myanmar’s present and future, that out civilian and military criminal justice systems, function in accordance with the constitution,” she said.

Myanmar’s State Counsellor was defending accusations facing her country’s military over the persecution of the Rohingya people in the north-western Rakhine State in 2016.

During the third and final day of hearings at the ICJ, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government was strongly criticised for being “able but unwilling to change conditions in Rakhine State to ensure the Rohingya are able to enjoy all their human rights,” according to Paul Reichler, one of the lawyers presiding over the case.

The charges were brought by The Gambia, and have urged the court to deliver it’s verdict promptly.

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