US Holocaust Museum revokes award to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi


The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said Wednesday it was rescinding a major human rights award it gave Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012, for her failure to act against her country's persecution of its Rohingya minority.

"It is with great regret that we are now rescinding that award", the U.S. Holocaust Museum wrote in a related press release Tuesday.

More than 688,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Rakhine State since August.

"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 letter continues.

His comments come as Myanmar's military published a lengthy response to widespread allegations over its campaign in Rakhine and said its investigations had cleared troops of nearly all alleged abuses.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to comment on the issue in public, and she has angrily rebuked those who have brought the issue up in private, The New York Times reports.

Bhushan had said that pushing back Rohingya refugees, who are fleeing their country to save their lives, was in breach of the global conventions on refugees.

Myanmar has long considered the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and has denied them citizenship and basic rights.

"Victims have reported killings, rape, torture and abductions by the security forces and local militia, as well as apparently deliberate attempts to force the Rohingya to leave the area through starvation, with officials blocking their access to crops and food supplies", he said. Three fellow Nobel Peace Prize winners ― Iran's Shirin Ebadi, Yemen's Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire ― have warned that they would take Myanmar's government to the International Court of Justice if Suu Kyi did not step in to end the massacre.

But Aung San Suu Kyi has received tremendous criticism from Western institutions in recent months for refusing to cooperate with United Nations investigators trying to ascertain the extent of Myanmar's state-sponsored killings and expulsion of the Rohingya. "Silence encourages the tormenter, never the tormented", the museum added in its press statement, quoting Elie Wiesel.