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Human rights: Aung San Suu Kyi loses honors

Amnesty International withdrew its most prestigious human rights award to Aung San Suu Kyi, whom the NGO accuses of perpetuating human rights abuses by failing to speak out about violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority Canadian MPs take the plunge and cancel his honorary citizenship

Formerly considered the champion of the fight for democracy, Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been stripped of a series of international distinctions because of her attitude towards the Rohingya exodus to the country. Bangladesh, which started in August 2017.
Amnesty had made Aung San Suu Kyi the 2009 recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award, while she was still under house arrest for her opposition to the military junta.

In the eight years since her release, she has led her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), to an electoral victory in the 2015 Legislative Assembly and formed a government the following year, but she still has to contend with the and has no control over the security forces.
However, Amnesty International said in a statement that it had not spoken out about the Rohingya and had “shunned the security forces to be held accountable” for the violence suffered by these Muslims. stateless.

Myanmar Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, is greeted by representatives of national races during a dinner to mark Union Day, Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Suu Kyi offered Tuesday to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country’s ethnic minority groups, a challenge the country’s president has called essential to building democracy. Union Day marks when her late father Gen. Aung San signed a 1947 agreement with leaders of the country’s ethnic minorities to gain independence from Britain together.(AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)


More than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after the Burmese army crackdown on attacks by Rohingya insurgents against security forces.


The House of Commons granted this privilege to Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007, when the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was imprisoned in Burma.

Its international reputation has, however, been tarnished by its refusal to call on the Burmese army to put an end to the atrocities committed against the Rohingya, which Canadian MPs described as “genocide” in a resolution passed a week ago. , the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the status of honorary Canadian citizen, and today the House unanimously passed a motion to remove this status, “said Adam Austen, spokesman for the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.

The Rohingyas are treated as foreigners in Burma, a country more than 90% Buddhist.

Between August and December 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingyas fled Burma to neighboring Bangladesh after an offensive by the Burmese army, marked by abuses against the minority, rape, extrajudicial executions and burning villages.

“Our government has supported this motion in response to its persistent refusal to denounce the Rohingya genocide – a crime committed by the army of the country with which it shares power,” said the spokesman for the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Foreign.

“We will continue to support the Rohingyas by offering humanitarian aid, imposing sanctions against Myanmar’s generals and demanding that those responsible be held accountable before a competent international body,” he said. added.

In May, Ottawa pledged an additional $ 300 million ($ 200 million) over three years to improve the living conditions of the Rohingyas in the camps in Bangladesh, to help this country and others. ethnic minorities in Burma.

Canada has granted honorary citizenship only to five other personalities, including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai.

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