Myanmar’s leader, Suu Kyi departs for genocide hearings, amid fanfare at home

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Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi departed for the UNs top court in The Hague, to defend the country against charges of genocide of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Suu Kyi was reportedly seen smiling, as she walked through the airport flanked by officials, a day after thousands rallied in the city to support her, and a prayer ceremony was held in her name.

Demonstrations are planned throughout the coming week, with hearings set between the 10th to the 12th of December

Gambia – a tiny, predominantly Muslim west African country – filed a lawsuit in November accusing Buddhist-majority Myanmar of genocide – which is the most serious international crime – against its Rohingya Muslim minority.
During the three days of hearings, it will also ask the 16-member panel of UN judges at the International Criminal Court of Justice, to impose “provisional measures” to protect the Rohingya, before the case can be heard in full.

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