In an unprecedented move, Nobel Prize winner and former human rights defended, Ang San Suu Kyi defended her country Myanmar against allegations of rape, killings, and displacements. Appearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday, Suu Kyi defended the military against all allegations labeled against them.
The Gambia is a small West African country that was first to accuse Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. However, in a bold move, Suu Kyi could not hear anything about that. “The Gambia has placed an incomplete and misleading picture of the factual situation in Rakhine state,” said Suu Kyi. “Gambia has placed an incomplete and misleading picture of the factual situation in Rakhine state in Myanmar,” she further reiterated.
While Myanmar’s military may have employed “disproportionate force,” Ang Suu Kyi reiterated that there was no proof that the army was attempting to wipe out the minority Rohingya Muslim group. According to her, the military was retaliating against Rohingya militant attacks, and other armed local groups.
Surprisingly, Ang Suu Kyi’s hundreds of thousands of people in her country support her. At a recent rally held in Yangon, thousands of her supporters turned up to defend their leader saying that they love her and are fully behind their leader. But against all these, Rohingya refugees that found refuge in Bangladesh are hoping that sooner rather than later, they will be able to get justice for the rape, murders, and displacements that Ang Suu Kyi was well aware of.