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The bumpy road to The Hague

Since Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announced her trip to The Hague, several rallies have been mobilised across the country. Holding and waving banners like “We Stand with our Leader”, the demonstrations took place in almost thirty places nationwide, and 28 people flew to the Netherlands to show support.

While the Myanmar government and the ruling National League for Democracy have framed the case against the country as “related to the interest of the entire nation”, Shan and Mon diasporas have joined Karen communities this week to welcome and support the ICJ case and a separate investigation authorised by the International Criminal Court.

Internationally, the Netherlands and Canada issued a statement on Monday pledging the support to the Gambia, while Bangladesh led a team to offer technical support, if requested.

Rights group The Free Rohingya Coalition started on Tuesday the “Boycott Myanmar Campaign” with 30 organisations in 10 countries, urging “corporations, foreign investors, professional and cultural organisations to sever their institutional ties with Myanmar”.

Over 700,000 northern Rakhine Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since the Tatmadaw’s clearance operations in August 2017. The Tatmadaw, the military of Myanmar, has attributed the massive operation to simultaneous attacks launched on security outposts in the area by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.

Myanmar vehemently denied committing systematic atrocities against the Muslim minority in northern Rakhine, rejecting findings of international organisations, including the UN Human Rights Council-mandated independent Fact-Finding Mission, which claimed to prove otherwise.

The first round of hearing in which the Gambia presents the case will be live-streamed at 3:30 pm Myanmar time. Myanmar will present its side Wednesday. Both countries will be present at the third day of the hearing on Thursday, scheduled from 3:30 to 10pm Myanmar time.

FROM : MYANMR TIMES