The Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi reached the Netherlands on December 8, 2019, to participate in a hearing on the “genocide of Rohingya Muslim” minority.
The hearing is set to begin today, December 9, 2019, which will continue for the next two days at the International Court of Justice, also known as World Court in The Hague.
Several human rights organizations called for a global boycott of Myanmar because of the atrocities done to the Muslim minority by the military armies of the country.
Military-backed Genocide against Muslims
The Gambia, a Muslim-majority country in West Africa, has been the main vocal against the military torture of Myanmar’s Muslims. Considering Myanmar’s military actions against the minority as the most serious international crime, Gambia had filed a case in the International Court in November 2019.
The representatives of Gambia’s legal team are likely to draw the attention of the 16-member panel of UN judges at the International Criminal Court of Justice to initiate “provisional measures” for the Rohingya before the hearing begins.
The Buddhist-majority country, Myanmar, has been under the limelight of the international media, as the country’s military army involved in the onslaught of Muslims minority who led more than 730,000 Muslims to flee the country in 2017.
The Myanmar Government, under the leadership of Aung San, has strongly denied the information and responded that the military operation was a part of the Government’s policy of counter-terrorism against the killing of 13 security personnel by the Rohingya militants.
Mass Demonstrations in Places including Dutch City
Many human rights organizations, including Rohingya survivor groups and other international NGOs, plan to stage a demonstration during the three days of hearings.
According to the Free Rohingya Coalition, many as 30 organizations would protest the Myanmar leader under the name of “Boycott Myanmar Campaign” in 10 countries. The Coalition also called on the global corporations, foreign investors, professional, and cultural organizations to stop ties with Myanmar as a part to oppose the genocide.
As reported by the Coalition, “the boycott was intended to bring to bear economic, cultural, diplomatic and political pressure on Myanmar’s coalition government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the military.”
Testimonies of the Victims of Genocide
The United Nations has condemned Myanmar’s military actions against the Muslims as the action was conducted with “genocidal intent” including rape. Many of the victims have taken refuge in Bangladesh camps and are praying to see justice served.
A 65-year-old, Nur Alam who lost a son during the military crackdown, confessed, “Once Aung San Suu Kyi was an icon of peace and we had huge expectations that things would change when she came to power. We prayed for her, but she has now become an icon of genocide… Shame on her.”
A 31-year-old Momtaz Begum, a survivor of the genocide recalled how soldiers locked her in her house and set it ablaze. She escaped but her three sons and her daughter died. She continued, “The army killed my husband. They raped me and torched my house, they stabbed my 6-year-old daughter in the head. Why did they kill our innocent people, our kids? Why did they torture and rape our women? We demand justice.”
The Myanmar Government has strongly denied all allegations and pledged to punish if any soldier involved in such atrocities of killing and raping innocents. Meanwhile, in Myanmar, hundreds of people marched in the support of Aung San Suu Kyi and walked a demonstration carrying posters, “we stand with our leader” and chanting slogans, “We stand with Mother Suu.”
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