Today, 10 December, the International Court of Justice convened to hear an opening request in a genocide case filed against Myanmar for its atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. Aung San Suu Kyi was nominated Myanmar’s agent, in her capacity as foreign minister, to represent the state and make commitments on its behalf.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s public statements over the last two year suggest that she believes no genocide has occurred in the Rohingya case. She thinks that, on the contrary, the outside world has deeply misunderstood and exaggerated the Rohingya crisis.
In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Richard Horsey looks at the legal and diplomatic stakes of these proceedings.