Amnesty International withdraws highest honour from Aung San Suu Kyi

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Naypyidaw [Myanmar]: Amnesty International, the Human Rights organization, has withdrawn its highest honour, Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar.

Amnesty’s Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, on Monday tweeted; Aung San Suu Kyi had once stood as a symbol of hope, courage and the undying defence of human rights in Myanmar. But sadly it can no longer be justified and this award is withdrawn.

In a letter to Suu Kyi on November 11 the organization said as a recipient of Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience,  it is expected of you that you would continue to fight for the unprivileged and the minorities in Myanmar. The orgnisation is deeply saddened and discouraged by the undermining of values for which the international award was conferred, the letter noted.

The letter said Suu Kyi has blatantly overlooked the brutal killings of Rohingya by the military and added that the minorities in Kachin and the northern Shan States are also brutalized by the forces. Accusing her of actively shielding the military from international scrutiny, it said it was not expected of a person of her stature.

A 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Suu Kyi is widely acclaimed as a champion of the downtrodden and minorities. She is in the middle of her term in office. Sadly enough, during the regime, the Rohingyas  are reported to be brutalized by the military and press freedom was at stake in the region.

The Amnesty International said with grief that they are withdrawing the honour as she no longer epitomized the champion of hope and courage of minorities in Myanmar.

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