Matthews: Time to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary Canadian citizenship

A Created 2017:09:06 06:42:28

Matthews: Time to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary Canadian citizenship

In an open letter to Suu Kyi, he wrote: 'Your emergence into public life allayed our concerns about violence being perpetrated against members of the Rohingya. "If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep".

Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1991 for her activism against the military junta in Burma (now Myanmar) which resulted in her house arrest for 15 years, from which she was released in 2010.

In an interview at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, where she is a professor in the department of child psychology and education, Lee said it was "highly possible" the government had "underestimated numbers". The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread. Two other Nobel Peace Prize winners, South Africa's Desmond Tutu and 20-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, have implored Suu Kyi, 72, to speak up. Aung San Suu Kyi's denialism and lack of leadership and courage to try to reign in the Myanmar military from committing human rights abuses against the Rohingya is a disgrace to humanity and conduct unbecoming of a Canadian.

The institute said neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation's rules allow the honour to be taken from laureates. While many have thought it unlikely that she'll be stripped of her laurels - there is no precedent for it - one must look back at the list of Nobel laureates and wonder if this is really the legacy the prize must leave behind. He added that none of the prize awarding committees in Oslo and Stockholm has considered revoking the prize after it is given.

Many high-level officials have talked to her including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said one U.N. Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The petition's authors ask a rather pointed question: "What is wrong with being a Muslim, Suu Kyi?".

Why Aung San Suu Kyi can't remain indifferent to this crisis.

'The situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades.

Congressional leaders from both parties are adding their voices to the global condemnation of the violence in western Myanmar that has sent an estimated 164,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh and led to growing doubts over Ms Suu Kyi's leadership.

"Perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead", said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar.

She told the Delhi-based network Asian News International: 'It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months. Her government has echoed the military's view that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even though many trace their roots in Myanmar back several generations, and has continued a policy of denying them citizenship and other basic rights.

Burmese police and army have launched a violent crackdown in the state following attacks by Rohingya insurgents on border posts previous year. While Canada and others have denounced the ethnic cleansing, there are now a lot more voices telling Aung San Suu Kyi to continue on this path to religious demagoguery.

Hassan has also openly lamented the reported use of antipersonnel landmines on the nation's border with Bangladesh, which Amnesty International claims are being used by Myanmar's security forces to target those escaping the country.

On the basis of witness testimonies and the pattern of previous outbreaks of violence, said Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, "perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead".

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