PV Desk : Seven Nobel peace laureates, in a statement, asked Aung San Suu Kyi to publicly admit crimes, including genocide, committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court, is set to start public hearings and Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to represent Myanmar before the court on Tuesday (Dec 10), reports Nobel Women Initiatives.

Full statement below:

As Nobel Peace laureates, we call on Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, to publicly acknowledge the crimes, including genocide, committed against the Rohingya. We are deeply concerned that instead of condemning these crimes, Aung San Suu Kyi is actively denying that these atrocities even occurred.

The Gambia filed a lawsuit in November 2019 with the International Court of Justice – the United Nations’ highest court – for atrocities committed against the Rohingya by Myanmar. Proceedings start on December 10 and Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counsellor, will appear before the court.

We commend The Gambia for taking this step to hold Myanmar responsible for the genocide against the Rohingya and for advancing justice for the victims of these crimes. Just days after the International Court of Justice complaint was lodged, the International Criminal Court announced that it will be investigating crimes committed against the Rohingya.