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Wed, Dec 11, 2019 4:04

Suu Kyi rules out genocide in Myanmar’s Rakhine

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday ruled out the allegation of ongoing genocide or genocidal intent at Rohingya villages in Rakhine of Myanmar.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday ruled out the allegation of ongoing genocide or genocidal intent at Rohingya villages in Rakhine of Myanmar.

She was speaking in Myanmar's defence at the UN’s top court, a day after the Gambia urged her urged to stop the ongoing genocide against Rohingyas.

“How can there be an ongoing genocide or genocidal intent as concrete steps are being taken in Rakhine? Rakhine on Wednesday suffers an internal arm conflict between the Buddhist Arakan army and Myanmar defence forces. Muslims are not the part of this conflict,” she told the court.

Earlier defending her country, she said Myanmar country has own justice system for trial of any crime if committed in the Rakhine state.

Suu Kyi also criticised the Gambia for taking the issue to the International Court of Justice.

A 17-member panel of judges of ICJ was hearing a case, the first international legal attempt to bring Myanmar to justice over alleged mass killings of the Rohingya minorities in 2017, filed by the Gambia on November 11.

On Tuesday, the Gambia accused Myanmar of breaching the 1948 genocide convention and urged the UN top court to order Myanmar to stop genocide against the Rohingya minority.

The African country unfolded the evidence of genocide against Rohingyas before the International Court of Justice and urged the court to prosecute the Myanmar generals responsible for the bloody crackdown.

 

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