The Rakhine State armed group says it will not tolerate regime interference in its new administration.
Also this week, the junta said the NLD’s poll victories were social media propaganda, and responded to a US finding of genocide in Rakhine by blaming a few rogue troops.
US Secretary of State Blinken is due to announce the decision to designate the 2017 crackdown a genocide in remarks at the Holocaust Museum in Washington on Monday.
Human rights lawyer U Aung Htoo talks to The Irrawaddy about the ICJ genocide case and its impact on views of justice and national reconciliation in Myanmar.
Current ASEAN chair Hun Sen’s meeting with Malaysian PM Ismail in Phnom Penh follows Kuala Lumpur’s criticism of the Cambodian leader’s visit to Naypyitaw last month.
At a hearing in The Hague, Gambia denied the Myanmar junta’s claim that the African nation is acting as a proxy for the Organization for Islamic Cooperation in the case.
The junta said the ICJ lacks jurisdiction because the ‘real applicant’ in the case against Myanmar is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is not a state.
The military regime representatives have taken over the defense of Myanmar from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whom it has detained; it will ask the court to dismiss the case.
Allowing illegitimate regimes to represent their nations at the ICJ would undermine the UN Charter and call the court’s role in promoting the rule of law into question.
The UN’s existing approach to refugees oversimplifies the political, social and even military nature of their situation.
The Arakan Army has used the ceasefire with regime forces in Rakhine State in western Myanmar to establish its own separate administration.
The next hearings in the case brought by Gambia have been scheduled for the third week of February.
Maungdaw residents are afraid to leave their villages and fear a return to sectarian strife after a video emerged showing ARSA fighters holding a drill in the area.
Rakhine State’s regime-appointed spokesman claims the teenager was found with the victim’s phone and a bloody cloth.
Residents fear the Maungdaw killing could spark communal conflict between Muslims and Buddhists after a string of suspicious incidents.