Since Wednesday (11/120), International Court of Justice -ICJ has tried Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's civilian leader for Genocide charges towards Rohinga ethnics in Rakhine State, Myanmar. The ICJ has received complaints from Gambia, one of the Islamic countries which reported that 700,000 Rohinga ethnics had fled Myanmar out of their way to join another 200 thousand following the violence of Myanmar's military in Rakhine State in 2017. A fact of atrocity was discovered by the UN Fact Finding Team in 2018.
However, Suuk Kyi refused and admitted that in Rakhine military action took place against the Rohinga ethnic group. However, this is not a structured ethnic cleansing movement as alleged by Gambia.
Looking at the process of Genocide accusations at the International Court of Justice, we might remember the case of the Serbs who were accused of cleaning up ethnics of Bosnian Muslims in the Yugoslav region several years ago. At that time, the Serbian leader denied that the violence did not only target ethnic Bosnian Muslims. There was no systemic instruction for the violence. The violence in the Yugoslav region of fracture occurred because of military action in the conflict area. Finally, the IJC in The Hague declared Serbia was free from Genocidal accusations. Then in 2017, the Serbian military leader, Ratko Mladic was named a war criminal because he was proven to be carrying out the ethnic cleansing.
Will the same process happen to Aung San Suu Kyi?
That might happen. International pressure on the tribunal for violence experienced by the Rohinga ethnic group in Rakhine State will be very influential. Rohinga ethnic refugees have been accepted in many Muslim countries. They become an indisputable fact. We are waiting for the proceedings of the judicial process in the International Court of Justice.