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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, Suu Kyi has been stripped of a series of international honours over a Rohingya exodus that began in August 2017.

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The international human rights group named Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar's oppressive military junta.

Amnesty International said in a statement on Tuesday she had failed to speak out and had "shielded the security forces from accountability" for the violence against the Rohingya, calling it a "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for".

The global advocacy organisation's secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, wrote to Suu Kyi on Sunday saying the group was withdrawing the award because it was "profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights".

Zaw Htay, the Myanmar government's main spokesperson, did not pick up Reuters calls seeking comment on Monday.

In March, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum rescinded its top award from Suu Kyi and she has had other honours withdrawn, including the freedom of the cities of Dublin and Oxford, England, over the Rohingya crisis.

In September, Canada's parliament voted to strip Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-11-13 02:24 AM | Reply

Cadaver? Is she dead?

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-11-13 09:34 AM | Reply

Look at her picture from the article and you tell me that's not a Cadaver.

#3 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-11-13 10:02 AM | Reply

Weekend at Aung San Suu Kyi‘s.

Fitting, because she's under house arrest

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-11-13 10:21 AM | Reply

She is no longer under house arrest, she is State Counselor, a position similar to Prime Minister. She is free but has been criticized very heavily for not condemning the treatment of the Rohingya and most human rights orgainizations around the world are no longer fans.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-11-13 11:47 AM | Reply

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