Suu Kyi stripped of rights award

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has stripped Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a human rights award, saying she has not acted to halt the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.



Friday, March 09, 2018

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has stripped Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a human rights award, saying she has not acted to halt the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for a long campaign against her country's military dictatorship, was awarded the Holocaust Museum's Elie Wiesel award six years ago "for her courageous leadership and great personal sacrifice in resisting tyranny and advancing the freedom and dignity of the Burmese people."

But the museum in Washington decided to rescind the award due to her inaction over "mounting evidence of genocide" by the Burma military against civilians from the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state.

The museum said in a letter to her: "As the military's attacks against the Rohingya unfolded in 2016 and 2017 we had hoped that you - as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity and universal human rights - would have done something to condemn and stop the military's brutal campaign and to express solidarity with the targeted Rohingya population."

Instead, it said, Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy refused to cooperate with UN investigators and added to the anti-Rohingya rhetoric.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh amid mass murder by soldiers.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE