Rohingya Pray for Justice as Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar Regime in World Court

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Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands on Wednesday. — AP

THE HAGUE (AP, Reuters) — Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi denied on Wednesday that Myanmar’s armed forces committed genocide, telling the United Nation’s top court that the mass exodus of Rohingya people from the country she leads was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents.

The image of the former pro-democracy icon appearing before the International Court of Justice to defend the army that kept her under house arrest for 15 years was striking. Suu Kyi, who as Myanmar’s state counselor holds an office similar to prime minister, was awarded the 1991 peace prize in absentia for championing democracy and rights under the nation’s then-ruling junta.

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