Myanmar leader Suu Kyi says Rohingya 'exaggerated' abuses

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Jan 23 that "war crimes" may have been committed against Rohingya Muslims, but denied genocide.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Jan 23 that "war crimes" may have been committed against Rohingya Muslims, but denied genocide. PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Thursday (Jan 23) that "war crimes" may have been committed against Rohingya Muslims, but denied genocide, saying refugees had "exaggerated" the extent of abuses against them.

In an opinion piece published in the Financial Times ahead of an initial International Court of Justice ruling on the issue, she said Myanmar was the victim of "unsubstantiated narratives" by human rights groups and UN investigators.

She also said the country could itself punish perpetrators through domestic mechanisms.

The ICJ is ruling on Thursday on a request by Gambia for emergency measures in Myanmar to halt violence immediately against Rohingya, to protect the ethnic minority and to preserve evidence of past abuses.