Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award

Washington, March 8: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has stripped Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a human rights award over the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslim minority, the media reported. On Wednesday, the Museum announced that it was rescinding Suu Kyi’s Elie Wiesel Award, which they presented to her in 2012, reports CNN.
In a letter to Suu Kyi, Museum Director Sara Bloomfield insisted that they “did not take this decision lightly”, but were compelled to act in light of mass displacements and killings of the Rohingya attributed to Myanmar’s security forces.
The Nobel Laureate has been widely criticized for not taking a stronger stand in support of the Rohingya following mass displacements and disproportionate violence, particularly given her global standing.
Instead, Bloomfield concludes, Suu Kyi’s political party “refused to cooperate with UN 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”. (IANS)