Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi: 'Defending the indefensible' | UpFront (Special Interview)

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This week Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi appeared at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague to defend her country against accusations of genocide, in a lawsuit brought by the Gambia.

The Nobel Peace laureate rejected the allegations that Myanmar’s military, that for 15 years kept her under house arrest, committed genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority in her country as “incomplete and misleading”.

Burmese Human Rights Campaigner Maung Zarni has lived in exile for more than 20 years and was one of the first people to accuse Myanmar of genocide. He believes Suu Kyi is “defending the indefensible” and wants to see her in the dock at the International Criminal Court.

“She is not a puppet. She is proactively defending, passionately and defiantly defending the indefensible, she is fully culpable. She is criminally responsible,” Zarni said.

Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown in Rakhine state has forced more than 700,000 people to flee and the UN estimates some 10,000 people have been killed. Rights groups, along with the UN, say the army has been involved in murder, mass rape and the razing of entire villages.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is not simply defending the Burmese military, which is only an organ of the state. Aung San Suu Kyi is there defending Myanmar as a member state and its racist society,” Zarni said.

Zarni said he was extremely saddened that Suu Kyi still has a lot of support inside the country; tens of thousands of people attended rallies in Myanmar as she departed for the Netherlands.

The ICJ tribunal has no enforcement powers, but Zarni believes this is a milestone in the struggle by Rohingya Muslims to gain recognition for the crimes they’ve been subjected to.

“Facts on the ground are not likely to change. However, this is one of the very, very few venues for pressure, accountability, and justice,” Zarni said.

This week’s Special Interview is Burmese rights campaigner Maung Zarni.

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Overwhelming evidence. Guilty. Execution by Hanging.

Author — BlackForestCake


The chosen one has turned to the dark side.

Author — ben chang


Peacefully! World has witnessed the most wickedness attitudes exercised on humanity by burning human beings alive in the state of Rakhine of Rohingyan people.

Author — kiyari muhammadu


Shameless woman Suu kji, how can she dare to mock the world and defend the genocide, it will always remain in the history that the Maynmar committed the most hinous crime ( genocide).

Author — Kaity Dunston


Now Suu kyi is cheer-leader of Myanmar military.

Author — Faruq Ahmed


She should be awarded head of United Nations as well it will fit to rest of animals in united nation members whom stays quiet for all the cruelty world wide 👿 👿 👿 👿 👿

Author — Halil Yalcin


She is one evil woman. Peace keeper my a***

Author — sal funny Videos


She is a disgrace for all mankind..she should be stripped of the noble peace prize.all her fight had been for power and palace...shame on her

Author — John Janaan


SUU CHI KYI is a partner in Rohingia slaughter HER nobel medal prize must be snatched

Author — khan kafeel


She is Satan pretend to fight for humanity. but She failed to hide her true colors.

Author — Khan Khan


This lady must face the justice and tast the justice’s punishment correctly

Author — tamaan fani


Hitler lives in Suu Kyi, he's not dead!

Author — Cyrus


she is a criminal and liar. Please snatching her noble prize

Author — Al Mamun Al Mamun


One days i will tell my children and grandson about one country lead by a noble winner president whom slaugter her own people 😌

Author — Haris Munanda


Please take back her Nobel price. Otherwise people will be misunderstand of nobel price winners. Thanks

Author — monirul Islam


Any person that upholds and fights for humanity has the light of God on their face. She has lost that, she looks dead and soulless. The Gambia has earned the respect of millions of people across the globe for standing up to the genocide and calling Myanmar out on that. May Allah always keep this country prosperous. This is our Africa for you...Ubuntu. This means humanity in our language isiZulu. Aslam Mahomed Johannesburg South Africa.

Author — Aslam Mahomed


I wonder what she won noble peace prize for??disgusting world..

Author — Hamadi Muya


Strip her of the Nobel prize !!she’s as vicious as her army ! She’s doesn’t deserve the Nobel prize.

Author — oshguru


For all those commented about Myanmar, please welcome all these Rohingya to your country, problem solved.

Author — Looi Sun


This woman has fallen from grace.
End of story.

Author — Dissident Wolverine