The London-based global human rights group Amnesty International just revoked their prestigious highest honour that was awarded to Myanmar Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi for her “indifference towards the atrocities committed by the military against Rohingyas”.
Young Aung San Suu Kyi came out as a fighter of peace as she stood up strongly against her country – Myanmar’s military junta. She was so active and involved in the freedom and democratic movement that had to spend 15 years under house arrest, and was finally elected as the Councillor of the country for her peaceful and rightful personality. Her contribution for peace in her country was honoured with numerous peace awards and honours including some of the most prestigious honours like the – Nobel Peace Prize and the Amnesty International highest honour.
However, after becoming the head of Myanmar since 2015, her tenure was marred by San Suu’s failure in not doing or not even speaking up about the ethnic cleansing and genocide going on in her own country since 2016. The UN investigators have reported that over 7,00,000 Rohingyas became stateless, were brutally attacked by their own country’s security forces and were force to flee out of the country and take refuge in Bangladesh. The Burmese military has been accused of unleashing a campaign of killings, rape and arson with “genocidal intent”, and the San Suu has not issued a public response about this till date.
Citing all this, the Amnesty International withdrew their highest honour that was awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday with the reason that she “failed to speak out and had shielded the security forces from accountability for the violence against the Rohingya” and also called this a “shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for”. She was also stripped of her honourary Canadian citizenship and has lost numerous smaller awards and honours. She has eventually become the exact opposite of what a peace fighter should be. And the withdrawal of honours is a sad, but right thing to do to a failed fallen icon that Aung San Suu Kyi is.