Rohingya Refugees Accuse Suu Kyi of Lying to UN's Top Court

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Published on 12 Dec 2019, 22:45
▶️ Rohingya Muslims living as refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, accused Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of lying to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

👉Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi denied her country committed genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslims, telling the United Nations' top court Wednesday the mass exodus of the minority stemmed from "an internal conflict started by coordinated and comprehensive armed attacks."

She told the International Court of Justice in The Hague that "Myanmar's defense services responded" to the attacks, creating an armed conflict "that led to the exodus of several hundred thousand Muslims."

Appearing before the court in her official role as Myanmar's foreign minister, the Nobel Peace laureate reiterated her government's claim that the military was targeting Rohingya militants who had attacked security posts in western Rakhine state in August 2017.

Myanmar's military launched a scorched earth campaign in response to the attacks, forcing more than 700,000 Rohingyas to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. A U.N. investigation concluded the campaign was carried out "with genocidal intent," based on interviews with survivors who gave numerous accounts of massacres, extrajudicial killings, gang rapes and the torching of entire villages.