'No genocidal intent': Aung San Suu Kyi makes case for Myanmar at genocide trial
Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the UN's top court that there was no proof of "genocidal intent" behind her country's military campaign against Rohingya Muslims. Testimony on Tuesday alleged stunningly barbaric acts against the Rohingya population, including children and babies. Speaking at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the Nobel peace laureate said it couldn't be ruled out that disproportionate force was used by Myanmar's armed forces. But she denied that any crimes committed fell under the international definition of genocide. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh to escape what has been described as an ethnic cleansing campaign involving mass rapes and killings.
In an unprecedented move, former human rights icon defends Myanmar generals over mass killings, rape, and displacement.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi defended genocide allegations against Myanmar's military on Wednesday amid accusations of mass killings, rape, and expulsion of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
She claims that if war crimes were committed they will be prosecuted within the country's legal system.
She tells the court that Myanmar is dealing with an internal armed conflict and asks the court to refrain from action that could aggravate the conflict.
Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports live from The Hague.
Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker reports from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
- Thousands of supporters of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi thronged the streets of the country's capital, Naypyitaw, on Saturday, December 14 to celebrate her arrival back from The Hague after defending the country against genocide charges.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate waved as she drove slowly in a black car through crowds who waved flags, held up pictures of her face, and shouted jubilant greetings.(REUTERS) ▶️ Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the UN's top court Tuesday, December 10,in The Hague to personally defend Myanmar against accusations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. ▶️ Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is seated at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague which has opened a hearing into accusations of genocide brought against Myanmar over the military's brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya Muslims, Tuesday, December 10.