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Human rights activists who support the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar have called for a global boycott of the country, a day before the genocide hearings begin at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

The Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) said in a statement on Monday that it was starting the "Boycott Campaign to Myanmar,quot; with 30 organizations in 10 countries. He asked "corporations, foreign investors, professional and cultural organizations to break their institutional ties with Myanmar."

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More than 730,000 Rohingya fled to the neighbor Bangladesh following the brutal repression of the military in August 2017, which United Nations Researchers have concluded that it was carried out with "genocidal intention."

The FRC statement added that the campaign was intended to "exert economic, cultural, diplomatic and political pressure on the Myanmar coalition government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the military."

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"We are doing this to correct the mistakes of the government and the Myanmar army … not because we hate our fellow Burmese." Ro Nay San Lwin, Rohingya Muslim and co-founder of FRC He told Al Jazeera.

"We want to see our country as a developed country, but since investments are financing the genocide, we are obliged to do so," he added.

Myanmar in The Hague

De facto leader of Myanmar and Nobel Peace Prize Suu Kyi, who arrived in the Netherlands on Sunday, will defend his country's record during three days of hearings initiated after Gambia filed a lawsuit in November.

Suu Kyi's office published a photo of his arrival at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, where he was received by the ambassador in the Netherlands and then headed to The Hague, where the World Court is located.

Suu Kyi has been severely criticized in recent years for her reluctance to talk about the Rohingya crisis, despite the violent campaign of the Myanmar army against the minority group.

Several demonstrations are planned in the next few days in the Dutch city by groups of Rohingya survivors, as well as by government supporters.

The Gambia filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, in which the Buddhist majority in Myanmar is accused of genocide, the most serious international crime, against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

During three days of hearings, your legal team will ask the panel of 16 members of UN judges at the ICJ to impose "provisional measures,quot; to protect the Rohingya before the case can be heard in its entirety.

Suu Kyi's office said last month that he would lead his country's team in The Hague to "defend the national interest."

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