The case accuses Myanmar of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention through its brutal military campaign in 2017, which targeted the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
There was no immediate public reaction from Myanmar’s government, though in previous statements it has rejected the court’s jurisdiction and said it would not cooperate with any proceeding.
State Counsellor Suu Kyi and other leaders are facing charges in a “universal jurisdiction” case filed in Argentina by Rohingya activists and Latin American human rights groups. Yet they may never see the inside of a courtroom.
"Myanmar continues to harbour genocidal intent," UN investigators said in their report wrapping up two years of documentation of human rights violations by Myanmar security forces.
It's been two years since the Rohingya were ethnically cleansed from their lands in Myanmar and justice is as distant today as it was when the world was paying attention.
Thousands of Rohingya refugees joined a rally to mark the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh, demanding that Myanmar grant them their citizenship and other rights before they return.
Nearly a million Rohingya live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2017 military offensive against the Muslim minority in Myanmar.
Up to 30,000 people joined a rally to mark the second anniversary of Rohingya Muslims' exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
Members of Rohingya Muslim families identified for repatriation from Bangladesh say they do not want to return to Myanmar unless their citizenship and safety are ensured.
More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine for neighbouring Bangladesh; many refuse to go back as they fear more violence with "genocidal intent" by the military.
A previous attempt in November 2018 to return 2,260 Rohingya refugees failed after they refused to leave the camp without guarantees for their safety in Myanmar.
Washington announces sanctions against Myanmar military's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other leaders for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to US.
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