United Nations releases Joint Response Plan for Rohingya crisis

United Nations releases Joint Response Plan for Rohingya crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi can not face prosecution for crimes against humanity while in Australia because she has immunity, the attorney general Christian Porter has said.

Lawyers in Melbourne have filed a private prosecution application against Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of crimes against humanity, while she and other Asean heads of state attend a summit in Sydney.

Backed by Myanmar's government and Buddhist mobs, the Myanmarese military launched a deadly crackdown against minority Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine in late 2016. The UN has said the persecution "bears all the hallmarks of genocide". "Aung San Suu Kyi has complete immunity, including from being served with court documents, because under customary worldwide law, heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs are immune from foreign criminal proceedings and are inviolable", Porter told Reuters by email.

"Aung San Suu Kyi has complete immunity, including from being served with court documents because under customary worldwide law, heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs are immune from foreign criminal proceedings and are inviolable - they can not be arrested, detained, or served with court proceedings".

Ron Merkel QC and a group of worldwide and human rights lawyers needed Mr Porter to give permission for private prosecution but that won't be forthcoming.

11 arrested in PNB Fraud case
Briefing reporters here following a three-day workshop, State Bank of India Deputy MD and Risk Officer M.S. Shastri said the banks have made a decision to restrict SWIFT transactions to between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Asean leaders - including Mr Hun Sen, Myanmar's de facto leader Suu Kyi and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc - are in Sydney for the talks.

The global community has accused Myanmar's military of atrocities against the Rohingya that could amount to ethnic cleansing, but the government and military deny any organized human rights violations.

"It is alleged that Ms Suu Kyi has failed to use her position of authority and power, and, as such, has permitted the Myanmar security forces to deport and forcibly remove Rohingya from their homes". The worldwide community, including the United Nations, has a responsibility to play a role in this regard.

Provocative images of one-time human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi with a Hitler moustache and banners demanding Cambodia's Hun Sen step down were held by protesters in Sydney Saturday in a rally against Southeast Asian leaders.

"Because of the suffering of Rohingya people and that of displacement around the region, the situation in Rakhine state and Myanmar can no longer be considered to be a purely domestic matter", he said.

Related Articles