To be honest, I was waiting for this to happen. My respect for AUNG SAN SUU KYI has gone downhill since she became leader of Myanmar. As someone who has been touted for many years as a champion of human rights, her record since becoming the leader has seriously fallen short. She has totally refused to denounce and remedy the human rights atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority. And Amnesty International has acted swiftly by withdrawing its highest human rights award from Suu Kyi. 

For those who are unaware, the Rohingya minority live in really poor conditions in refugee camps dotted across the borders of Myanmar and many have been killed, raped, and denied basic human rights by the Myanmar Government. There are over 700,000 Rohingyas living in refugee camps across the border in Bangladesh. 

The sad thing about this is, asides from removing awards, accolades and denouncing Suu Kyi’s inaction to stop this, the international community is also to blame for not being more proactive in finding solutions to resettle the Rohingya Muslim minority. To know that genocide and denial of basic human rights are happening doesn’t seem to be enough to look at resettling these persecuted people in countries out of Myanmar. 

In addition to Amnesty’s Human Rights Award being stripped, Canada has removed her honorary citizenship and there are calls for her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize to be withdrawn as well. Here is more from Huff Post:

But under her watch, a campaign of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority has resulted in thousands of deaths and a refugee population of more than 700,000 living in camps across the border in Bangladesh. Myanmar troops, using rape and torture, have burned entire villages in a campaign the United Nations says amounts to genocide.

“Our expectation was that you would continue to use your moral authority to speak out against injustice wherever you saw it, not least within Myanmar itself,” Amnesty’s secretary general, Kumi Naidoo, explained in a letter to Suu Kyi on Monday. “Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defense of human rights.”

The rights group’s action will only make the people of Myanmar love Suu Kyi more, the country’s deputy minister for information, Aung Hla Tun, told AFP.

I seriously think more action is needed to make Myanmar act, and there is a responsibility for the international community ( all the nations who are signatories to the Declaration of Human Rights) to look at assisting in resettling the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have essentially been displaced from their own country – Myanmar. Let’s see what happens from here with this situation.

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To read the original article, please click on: Amnesty Strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Of Human Rights Award