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Watch: Hearing on Rohingya genocide begins for third day at ICJ

  • Published at 03:23 pm December 12th, 2019
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Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the International Court of Justice (ICJ) after the second day of hearings in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, in The Hague, Netherlands December 11, 2019 Reuters

A lawyer for The Gambia showed several documents including pictures of torturing Rohingyas before the court in the Hague

On the final day of the three-day hearing of The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Rohingya genocides, The Gambia Wednesday told the ICJ that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi did not deny the atrocities against Rohingyas in her argument.

A lawyer for The Gambia showed several documents including pictures of torturing Rohingyas before the court in the Hague.

The lawyer said, Myanmar denied access of UN fact-finding team and other international agencies to hide the evidence, but the genocide evidence still stands there.

Suu Kyi on Wednesday argued the tribunal, also known as the World Court, should not have jurisdiction. She said even if there had been violations of humanitarian law during what she described as an "internal conflict," they did not rise to the level of genocide and are not covered by the Convention.

On Tuesday, Gambia's legal team outlined graphic testimony of bloody excesses alleged committed by Myanmar's military since 2016 in a campaign that has seen more than 730,000 Rohingya driven across the border from Rakhine state to Bangladesh. UN investigators estimated 10,000 people may have been killed.

At Thursday's hearing each side will have a chance to counter arguments put forward by the other over the past two days, started with The Gambia, a small west African country that is supported by the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation.

The Gambia, which brought the suit at the UN's top court under the 1948 Genocide Convention, has asked judges to order "provisional measures" that would act as a kind of restraining order for the Myanmar military until the case is heard in full.

 

 

 

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