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Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Muslim groups split over Myanmar genocide trial

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  08:12 pm
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Faced with the trial of Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, Indonesia's Muslim population, the largest in the world, is split between demanding accountability and supporting the Buddhist-majority country in resolving a complex web of horizontal conflict within its borders.(The Daily Star/Asia News Network)

Indonesia's two largest Muslim groups have mixed views about bringing Myanmar to the World Court over allegations of genocide of the Rohingya Muslim minority, a move that was backed by the rest of the Muslim world. The Gambia, a small Muslim country in West Africa, filed a case last month at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in which it alleged Myanmar was responsible for “an ongoing genocide” of the Rohingya, a stateless community largely residing in the country’s western province of Rakhine, where a military crackdown in 2017 drove out upwards of 740,000 into neighboring Bangladesh. A three-day hearing at the ICJ in The Hague, the Netherlands, commenced on Dec. 10, featuring Myanmar State Counsellor and former human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who took the stand to defend her government and the military generals who had once jailed her. FORUM-ASI...