Myanmar’s Suu Kyi: Gambia’s genocide Case At World Court “misleading”

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HAGUE – At the opening of her country’s defense at the World Court on an accusation of genocide, Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi challenged whether events in Rakhine could fit that description.

Beginning her address, Suu Kyi noted that several mass expulsions of people during Balkan wars of the 1990s were not genocide.

“International justice resisted temptation to use this legal classification because the specific intent to destroy the targeted group in whole or in part not present,” she told judges.

She said that troubles in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, home to its Rohingya minority, “go back centuries” and Gambia, which brought the suit against Myanmar, had “painted an incomplete and misleading picture of the factual situation in Rakhine.”