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DW News 11 Dec 2019

'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.

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