Suu Kyi to contest Rohingya genocide case at ICJ

Diplomatic Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: Reuters.Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will appear before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to contest the case filed by Gambia accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, her government said on Wednesday.

The Myanmar State Counsellor Office in a Facebook post said, “Myanmar has retained prominent international lawyers to contest the case submitted by Gambia.”

“The State Counselor, in her capacity as Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, will lead a team to the Hague, Netherlands, to defend the national interest of Myanmar at the ICJ,” the Facebook post added.

Gambia, with the support of the Organisation for Islamic Coooperation (OIC), filed the case at the United Nations' top court accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority on 11 November.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), also known as the World Court, is the United Nations' top legal institution that rules on disputes between states.

Gambia and Myanmar will participate in the hearing and counter hearing between 10 and 12 December. 

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