Call for global boy­cott ahead of Ro­hingya geno­cide hear­ings

The Borneo Post - - World -

THE HAGUE: Hu­man rights cam­paign­ers sup­port­ing Myan­mar’s Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity yes­ter­day called for a global boy­cott of the coun­try, a day be­fore geno­cide hear­ings be­gin at the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice in The Hague.

Myan­mar leader and No­bel Peace prize lau­re­ate Aung San Suu Kyi, who ar­rived in the Nether­lands on Sun­day, will de­fend her coun­try’s record dur­ing three days of hear­ings ini­ti­ated af­ter a law­suit was filed by Gam­bia in Novem­ber.

Suu Kyi’s of­fice posted a pic­ture of her ar­rival at Am­s­ter­dam’s Schiphol air­port where she was greeted by the am­bas­sador to the Nether­lands and then headed to The Hague, where the World Court is lo­cated.

Sev­eral demon­stra­tions are planned in com­ing days in the Dutch city by Ro­hingya sur­vivor groups, as well as by gov­ern­ment sup­port­ers.

Gam­bia, a tiny, mainly Mus­lim West African coun­try, filed the suit in which the Bud­dhist­ma­jor­ity Myan­mar is ac­cused of geno­cide, the most se­ri­ous in­ter­na­tional crime, against its Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

More than 730,000 Ro­hingya fled Myan­mar in 2017 af­ter a bru­tal mil­i­tary-led crack­down.

The United Na­tions has said the cam­paign was ex­e­cuted with ‘geno­ci­dal in­tent’ and in­cluded mass killings and rape.

Dur­ing three days of hear­ings, it will ask the 16-mem­ber panel of U.N judges at the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court of Jus­tice to im­pose ‘pro­vi­sional mea­sures’ to pro­tect the Ro­hingya be­fore the case can be heard in full.

The Free Ro­hingya Coali­tion said in a state­ment it was start­ing the ‘Boy­cott Myan­mar Cam­paign’ with 30 or­gan­i­sa­tions in 10 coun­tries.

It called on ‘cor­po­ra­tions, for­eign in­vestors, pro­fes­sional and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions to sever their in­sti­tu­tional ties with Myan­mar’.

It said the boy­cott was in­tended to “to bring to bear eco­nomic, cul­tural, diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal pres­sure on Myan­mar’s coali­tion gov­ern­ment of Aung San Suu Kyi and the mil­i­tary.”

To bring to bear eco­nomic, cul­tural, diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal pres­sure on Myan­mar’s coali­tion gov­ern­ment of Aung San Suu Kyi and the mil­i­tary.

Free Ro­hingya Coali­tion

— AFP photo

Peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in a rally in sup­port of Suu Kyi at Bago Town­ship.

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