Demonstrators have rallied against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodia's Hun Sen. The protests have overshadowed a regional agreement targeting terror groups' use of encrypted platforms.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Sydney on Saturday to protest Southeast Asian leaders gathering in the Australian city for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
"We are here today in solidarity among the communities from Southeast Asia who are facing dictatorship and genocide, of course particularly in the Rohingya community," said Shawfikul Islam from the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization.
Banners carried by protesters showed images of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi with a stylized moustache reminiscent of Nazi Germany dictator Adolf Hitler, calling for her to return the esteemed prize. She has had several awards revoked over the military campaign.
Suu Kyi has been accused by Western governments and human rights groups of doing nothing to stop the Burmese military from implementing a brutal crackdown against the Muslim-minority Rohingya in western Myanmar. Many have called it a campaign of ethnic cleansing.
'Hands full of blood'
A group of Australian lawyers on Saturday sought to have Suu Kyi prosecuted on charges of crimes against humanity. However, Australian Attorney General Christian Porter rejected their legal application, saying she "has complete immunity, including from being served with court documents."
Victorian lawmaker Hong Lim of the Labor Party accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of turning a blind eye to human rights abuses, saying: "Many of the hands he's shaking yesterday, today and tomorrow are hands full of blood."
The protests overshadowed an agreement signed by Australia and 10 ASEAN member states to bolster cooperation and coordination to counter terrorism in the region.
"Terrorism and violent extremism transcend national borders," said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. "Countering the threat requires a united and cohesive regional effort involving coordination between our respective national security and law enforcement agencies."