Lawyers File To Prosecute Myanmar Civil Leader For Crimes Against Humanity

Australian courts are assessing the application to prosecute Suu Kyi for crimes against humanity, according to The Guardian, and a response is expected next week.

Roughly 700,000 Rohingya have had to flee to neighboring Bangladesh to escape persecution. Human rights group Amnesty International has reported cases of rape, torture and other abuse by state officials, calling the state-sanctioned attacks “apartheid, a crime against humanity,” in a 2017 report.

But the application – which accuses her of the forcible transfer of a population in relation to widespread and ongoing human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims inside Myanmar – faces significant barriers because a universal jurisdiction prosecution in Australia requires attorney general consent.