No­bel lau­re­ate Suu Kyi de­fends Myan­mar army in UN court

Orlando Sentinel - - LABORLAND -

THE HAGUE, Nether­lands — No­bel Peace Prize win­ner and for­mer po­lit­i­cal pris­oner Aung San Suu Kyi de­nied 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.

Myan­mar’s ac­cusers have de­scribed a de­lib­er­ate cam­paign of eth­nic cleans­ing and geno­cide that drove more than 700,000 Ro­hingya to neigh­bor­ing Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi calmly re­buffed al­le­ga­tions that army per­son­nel killed civil­ians, raped women and torched houses in 2017.

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