Once hailed as a generational human rights defender, Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has gone from acclaimed Nobel prize winner to international pariah for defending her country’s ongoing genocidal campaign against the country’s minority Rohingya population.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim Indo-Aryan group who inhabit Myanmar’s northern regions, have been killed and more than 700,000 forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh as the result of a crackdown by Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s an army that began in 2017.
At the UN International Court of Justice on December 11, Suu Kyi defended the country’s military against accusations of genocide, saying the international case against Myanmar in “incomplete and incorrect”.
Outraged by the exodus of hundreds of thousands of the Rohingya Muslims, Suu Kyi has been accused of doing nothing to stop rape, murder, and acts of genocide by refusing to condemn the powerful military or acknowledge accounts of atrocities.
Suu Kyi spent 15 years under house arrest when a military junta ruled Myanmar, which was formerly known as Burma. The army freed Suu Kyi in 2010 and she has led the country since 2015.