(CNN)She was a global human rights and democracy icon, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a political prisoner who spent 15 years under house arrest. But this week, Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will personally defend her country from accusations of genocide against the Rohingya community at the United Nation’s top court. The momentous legal case, which kicks off with three days of hearings Tuesday, will see Myanmar’s civilian leader Suu Kyi lead a delegation to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Peace Palace in the Netherlands to justify her government’s persecution of the Muslim minority. It’s a shocking turn of events for a leader once internationally renowned for her long struggle against military rule. Over the next three days, Suu Kyi will defend the Myanmar military’s campaign of violence that forced more than 740,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh in 2016 and 2017. The atrocities have been described as genocide by a UN fact-finding commission but Myanmar denies the charges and has long claimed to have been targeting terrorists. Rohingya say no to repatriations around anniversary of atrocities The tiny West African nation of Gambia filed a lawsuit with the world court in November alleging that… Read full this story
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