US Holocaust Museum withdraws Aung San Suu Kyi's human rights award

Acts Of Genocide Suspected Against Rohingya In Myanmar UN

Acts Of Genocide Suspected Against Rohingya In Myanmar UN

According to the museum, the award is the museum's highest honor and given to "internationally prominent individuals whose actions have advanced the Museum's vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity". In 2015, as part of Myanmar's transition to democracy, she was elected state counselor, a position akin to prime minister.

Aung San Suu Kyi had earned comparisons to South Africa's Nelson Mandela after spending 15 years under house arrest for opposing the country's military dictatorship.

The museum also urged Suu Kyi to use her unique standing and official role as State Counsellor and Foreign Minister to cooperate with global efforts to establish the truth about the atrocities committed in Rakhine state and secure accountability for perpetrators.

The museum announced Wednesday that the Elie Wiesel Award given to Suu Kyi in 2012 would be rescinded.

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

But her global reputation has plummeted over the Rohingya massacres and she has been criticised as an apologist for the purges.

The United States Holocaust Museum called on Aung San Suu Kyi to cooperate with efforts being made by the United Nations Human Rights Council to get more information about the atrocities committed.

The museum said Suu Kyi failed to live up to the standards it expected of the award's recipients.

Instead, it said, her political party, the National League for Democracy, has refused to cooperate with United Nations (UN) investigators and added to the anti-Rohingya rhetoric. One official said in December that the Rohingya are "fake news". As many as 700,000 more fled across the border to Bangladesh, where they remain.

(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) €œThe ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar continues, € UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said on Tuesday after speaking to newly-arrived Rohingya in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, investigating the deaths of 10 Rohingya men and their burial in a mass grave, were arrested and face 14 years in prison.

Bangladesh has reached an agreement with Myanmar to send back the around 750,000 refugees who have arrived since October 2016 over the next two years.

The Myanmar military's campaign to methodically burn Rohingya villages, seen here from Bangladesh in September, has prompted accusations of ethnic cleansing.

Bloomfield acknowledged: "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 museum implores her to "use your moral authority to address this situation" and ends with words from Wiesel himself: "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented".

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