Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi Holocaust Museum Award Revoked

Melissa Porter | 08 March, 2018, 04:27

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once a darling of the worldwide human rights community, has been stripped of another prestigious honor over ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

Instead, Bloomfield concludes, Suu Kyi's political party "refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, promulgated hateful rhetoric against the Rohingya community, and denied access to and cracked down on journalists trying to uncover the scope of the crimes in Rakhine State".

As a living memorial to the Holocaust, the Museum's mission is to inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

The list of honors and awards Nobel laureate and Myanmar state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has had revoked because of her handling of the plight of Rohingya Muslims in her country continues to grow.

We understand the hard situation you must face in confronting decades of military misrule and violence in your country and that institution's still powerful constitutional role.

"The military's orchestration of the crimes against Rohingya and the severity of the atrocities in recent months demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation", said the museum.

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her long campaign against the country's military dictatorship, was awarded the 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".

Aung San Suu Kyi was a Nobel laureate and was only the second person to receive the Elie Weisel award (the first was Wiesel), The New York Times reported.

Beginning in August, Myanmar's military, joined by armed Buddhist civilians, systematically killed thousands of Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine.

The U.N. has said that the situation bears the markings of "genocide", and several world leaders have declared it "ethnic cleansing".

As Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi's authority is restricted by the military's influence over numerous country's institutions.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, in a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, also said reports of bulldozing of mass graves in Myanmar showed a "deliberate attempt by the authorities to destroy evidence of potential worldwide crimes, including possible crimes against humanity".