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Rohingya crisis: Myanmar’s Suu Kyi stripped off prestigious human right award

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 8 March 2018, 11:18 IST

On Thursday Holocaust museum in the US has withdrawn a prestigious human rights award it had bestowed on Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the ongoing brutality against the Rohingya Muslim.

The award titled Elie Wiesel award, named after a Romanian-American Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, it had given her in 2012.

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The US has condemned the brutality. In a letter to  Suu Kyi, the museum authorities have stated, " It is with great regret that we are … rescinding that award.”

The museum authorities further added that it is based on the repression that unfolded over 2016 and 2017. In the letter, it was also mentioned,  “We had hoped that you — as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity and universal human rights — would do something to condemn and stop the military’s brutal campaign and to express solidarity with the targeted Rohingya population”.

Understanding her situation, the Museum authorities mentioned, “We understand the difficult situation you must face … (but) the severity of the atrocities in recent months demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation.”

A copy of this letter was posted on the museum's website. She was the first recipient of the award.


In past years her consistent efforts to stand up for different cause won her Nobel peace prize in 1991, but recently she has failed to stop the brutal repression of Rohingya Muslims. As per the records nearly, 6,700 Rohingya, including 730 children have been killed since August last year.


First published: 8 March 2018, 11:18 IST