YANGON, Myanmar

A coalition of ethnic rebel groups has welcomed efforts by the international community to punish Myanmar’s military through legal processes for alleged genocide against ethnic minority groups including Rohingya Muslims in the country’s west.

Three members of the Northern Alliance bloc of armed groups — the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Arakan Army and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army — issued a joint statement on Thursday welcoming three lawsuits against Myanmar at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and an Argentine court for rights violations in ethnic areas.

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