Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi used to be seen as a symbol of human rights, and spent years under house arrest for promoting democracy.
Meanwhile, human rights groups highly critical of Rohingya persecution on Monday called for a global boycott of Myanmar, a day before the country is set to face hearings at the ICJ on allegations of genocide against the community, according to france24.com, the online news portal of France's state-owned worldwide news television network.
The tiny African nation, acting on behalf of the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, filed the lawsuit at UN's top court on November 11, seeking to hold Myanmar accountable under worldwide law for violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. Protests by opponents and supporters are expected outside the UN's top court for the arrival of Suu Kyi, who was once mentioned in the same breath as Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.
He said the issue of "accountability and justice" is a matter of high moral ground as genocidal acts took place, and the global community has responsibility to address the issue.
Almost 738,000 Rohingya refugees are living in camps in Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, following a wave of persecution and violence in Myanmar that the United Nations has described as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing and possible genocide.
Meanwhile, Tambadou noted that he had visited a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh inhabited by Rohingya refugees in early 2018.
"I want to see the convicts go to the gallows". Why did they kill our innocent people, our kids?
The case against Myanmar was filed by Gambia, backed by the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
"As I sat there with these refugees and they recounted their stories to me, stories of helplessness in the face of mass rape, mass killing...it brought back painful memories of the 1994 Rwandan genocide". On November 20, Myanmar recognized being bound by the ICJ Statute and announced that its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, would lead the delegation to "defend the national interest of Myanmar".
"We stand with you", proclaim billboards across Myanmar, sporting beaming portraits of the Nobel laureate as she prepares to face the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Rohingya crisis.
A Rohingya Muslim woman cries as she holds her daughter after they were detained by Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers while crossing the India-Bangladesh border from Bangladesh, at Raimura village on the outskirts of Agartala, January 22, 2019. It will also not be surprising if aspects of Suu Kyi's performance have a "rally around the flag" feel, reinforcing the fact that she is patriotically defending the country's honor against outsiders.
Media captionHow did this peace icon end up at a genocide trial?
The Irrawaddy, an online news journal in Myanmar, noted in Aung San Suu Kyi's defense that no army leaders joined her when she left for the Netherlands Sunday, suggesting that the world should distance "The Lady" from the military. After 15 years of house arrest the army finally freed her in 2010, and she led her party to victory in landmark 2015 elections.
Yet overseas, particularly in the West and in Muslim countries, Suu Kyi's reputation lies in tatters with multiple awards and even an honorary citizenship revoked.
"We also urge her to exercise her personal and moral responsibility towards the Rohingya and acknowledge and condemn the genocide committed under her watch". "Without that her defence will be laughable".
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