International court of Justice (ICJ) is to hear a highly anticipated Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar in The Hague.
According to Aljazeera, Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) she is due to make her comments defending Myanmar in court on Wednesday.
On her arrival to the court, she – the country’s civilian leader, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against Myanmar’s military dictatorship avoided the media.
Earlier, she arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on Sunday alongside Wouter Jurgens, the Dutch ambassador to Myanmar, and was greeted by a handful of supporters.
Several demonstrations, for and against her, are expected to take place in the coming days in the Dutch city.
Rohingya genocide case, the first international legal attempt to bring Myanmar to justice over alleged massive killings of the Rohingya minority in 2017, comes after the Gambia filed an application at the ICJ on November 11, accusing Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has said she would participate in the hearing and lead her country’s team to “defend the national interest”.
It is pertinent to mention that More than 700,000 Rohingya, a mostly-Muslim minority, fled to neighbouring Bangladesh after a bloody crackdown in 2017 by the Myanmar military, which UN investigators have concluded was carried out with “genocidal intent”.
Reed Brody, a commissioner at the International Commission of Jurists, who was instrumental in the prosecution of former Chadian President Hissene Habre, told Arab based News channel: “It’s totally unprecedented for a top political leader like Aung San Suu Kyi to take a leading role in a legal case at the ICJ.
“Legally it could be counterproductive for Suu Kyi to assume such a role since it looks like she is politicising the case.
Myanmar has long denied accusations of genocide and most allegations of targeted military-led violence, saying that its actions were meant to protect the country against Rohingya “militants”. It has promised to punish soldiers involved in cases of wrongdoing.