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US Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

UNITED STATES: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum said yesterday (Mar 7) that it was stripping Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of a prestigious human rights award, accusing her of doing little to halt the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

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By AFP

Thursday 8 March 2018, 09:38AM


The Nobel laureate’s handling of the Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar led to the museum’s decision. Photo: Ye Aung Thu / AFP

The Nobel laureate’s handling of the Rohingya Muslim crisis in Myanmar led to the museum’s decision. Photo: Ye Aung Thu / AFP

Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her long campaign against the country’s military dictatorship, was awarded the Holocaust Museum’s Elie Wiesel award six years ago “for her courageous leadership and great personal sacrifice in resisting tyranny and advancing the freedom and dignity of the Burmese people.”

But the Museum said it was rescinding the award due to her inaction over what it called “mounting evidence of genocide” committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority.

“As the military’s attacks against the Rohingya unfolded in 2016 and 2017, we had hoped that you – as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity and universal human rights – would have done something to condemn and stop the military’s brutal campaign and to express solidarity with the targeted Rohingya population,” the museum said in a letter to Suu Kyi.

Instead, it said, her political party, the National League for Democracy, has refused to cooperate with UN investigators and added to the anti-Rohingya rhetoric.

The party has also obstructed journalists trying to report on the mass murder and expulsion to Bangladesh of the Rohingya.

“The military’s orchestration of the crimes against Rohingya and the severity of the atrocities in recent months demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation,” they said.

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In November a joint report by the Museum and Southeast Asia-based watchdog Fortify Rights – based on testimony they gathered in the field – documented “widespread and systematic attacks” on Rohingya civilians.

The award was named after Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Nazi genocide against Jews who spent much of his life campaigning for human rights, himself winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

Suu Kyi, the country’s symbol of democracy for decades, has come under heavy criticism for her refusal to stand up for the Rohingya.

In January US diplomat Bill Richardson resigned from a Suu Kyi-appointed panel set up to ease tensions with the Rohingya, assailing her for an “absence of moral leadership”.

About 700,000 Rohingya have fled over the border to Bangladesh since August, with horrifying testimony of murder, rape and arson by soldiers and vigilante mobs.

In Geneva yesterday the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over the Myanmar atrocities.

 

 

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Rorri_2 | 12 March 2018 - 16:46:46

Rorri_2 | 12 March 2018 - 09:53:22 - waiting for approval.

The article is about stripping the award fron Suu Kyi, an award NAMED after Elie Wiesl, whick "The Elie Wiesel Award recognizes internationally prominent individuals whose actions have advanced the Museum’s vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity..
As for distance, your memory ...

Rorri_2 | 12 March 2018 - 16:44:34

No-one asked for this comment, unless you are the editor, "The time and date stamps are sequentially in order. It's the befuddled comments that don't make any sense" the fact is one comment was not posted. I will repost it.

Jor12 | 12 March 2018 - 13:03:17

The time and date stamps are sequentially in order. It's the befuddled comments that don't make any sense.  

Rorri_2 | 12 March 2018 - 12:17:25

Editor, how about posting my comments in order.. it would make more sense !

Rorri_2 | 12 March 2018 - 09:54:02

fly...

Jor12 | 12 March 2018 - 06:48:31

If one reads the article it is about stripping awards by "Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Nazi genocide against Jews" for crimes against humanity. If one reads the comments by others which references current Germany Policy on immigrants, which is akin to the current situation in Myanmar. No the distance referenced by the commentator was by air, not by road. It's difficult for some.

Rorri_2 | 11 March 2018 - 05:43:23

nothing to do with the Nazi atrocity and certainly nothing to do with Angela Merkel, or anything to do with Germany since 1945, this is about current day ethnic cleansing, in Myanmar.

DeKaaskopp | 10 March 2018 - 16:20:18

"Putting yourself in the shoes.."Looking at a great part of those migrants/refugees in my country i need some attitude/behavement adjustments first like stripping women of their rights,molesting those woman who don't fit in my religious thinking,start selling drugs etc.No,thanks!I will stick to a more civilized way of life.

Rorri_2 | 10 March 2018 - 13:06:19

Oh dear, still going on about the distance between 2 places, as said many times, it was the distance, by road, you used, incorrectly in straight line..give up. "Clues. The forced eviction, murders and rapes in Myanmar are crimes against humanity, which are similar to the those of Nazi's in WW2" this article is about the "stripping" of a human rights award, nothing to do wit...

Jor12 | 09 March 2018 - 23:35:42

Clues. The forced eviction, murders and rapes in Myanmar are crimes against humanity, which are similar to the those of Nazi's in WW2. Commentators have compared the "stupid" migration policies of Angela Merkel. So, if one considers German history, perhaps the Policy is not so "stupid" after all. It's a bit rich to be critical of the Policy by a privileged class. 

Jor12 | 09 March 2018 - 23:20:56

It's difficult for someone who cannot work out the distance between to places on the globe or believes nominee shareholders is not illegal, to understand the relevance. The nuances of the English language can be taxing for some.

Rorri_2 | 09 March 2018 - 12:11:48

Can someone please explain this comment "It's probably atonement for the millions they gassed during WW2. Given your privileged upbringing, try putting yourself in the shoes of those whose only wish is to merely stay alive" I can't see any relevance, especially referring to WW2, and ga.ssing of millions.

Jor12 | 09 March 2018 - 08:24:55

It's probably atonement for the millions they gassed during WW2. Given your privileged upbringing, try putting yourself in the shoes of those whose only wish is to merely stay alive.

Kurt | 08 March 2018 - 19:39:04

May be I am allowed a correction on my own comment?
I not ment 80,000 refugees, but 800,000 refugees.

Rorri_2 | 08 March 2018 - 16:48:08

The only thing that should be in the trash bin is this "Angela Merkel with her stupid migration policy has the same award.Shows to me that this award is something for the trash bin.Suu Kyi,don't be sad" comment, Suu Kyi has miserably failed human rights, Merkel hasn't, very strange comment, obviously from a disgruntled sad soul.

DeKaaskopp | 08 March 2018 - 15:36:21

Angela Merkel with her stupid migration policy has the same award.Shows to me that this award is something for the trash bin.Suu Kyi,don't be sad!

Kurt | 08 March 2018 - 14:29:33

When Suu Kyi was under house arrests there was waiting hope for Myanmar future.
Now she is just a tool in hands of the army who kept her so many years under house arrest. Refuse to speak out against genocide.
Now we are 80000 (murdered/raped not counted) or more refugees further + burned villages, buldozered away since. ( satellite pics)
And she? No moral leadership. Only denial. Shame full.

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