Myanmar’s state counsellor, in effect Myanmar’s Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, have denied charges of genocide by the state military against the Rohingya community in Myanmar. The 74 year old Nobel Laureate have said in the International Court of Justice that genocide charges is “factually misleading” and ” incomplete” against a complaint filed by the African country, Gambia, which is a member of the Organization Of Islamic Cooperation.
Stating that the violence was initiated by the insurgent group, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) which is said to have received weapons and explosives-training from Afghan and Pakistani militants; Aung San Suu Kyi told a bench 17 member judges in Haque that the military action was to curb sectarian militant uprising.
Calling the military clearance operation ‘brutal’ by UN fact finding mission, it is said that an estimated 7 lakh Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in order to escape the ferocious military operations.
Aung San Suuu Kyi is reported to have also told ICJ that Myanmar is dealing with an internal armed conflict, started by a coordinated and comprehensive attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army but have also conceded that the Myanmar may have made some mistakes in dealing with the menace.