Remove Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize

A petition was launched to remove the Nobel Peace Prize awarded in 2012 to the First State Counsellor of Myanmar
Protesters hold placards near the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur - Photo:Angie Teo/REUTERS (back). Aung San Suu Kyi -Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERS (front)
08/09/2017
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The petition, initiated on change.org by Indonesian Emerson Yuntho, was launched as a result of Aung San Suu Kyi's silence regarding the attrocities against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, Southeast Asia.

“It has been reported that the military under Aung San Suu Kyi’s Government of Myanmar has been attacking the predominantly Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine, Myanmar. According to the reports, the Rohingyas—including women and children—have been killed and physically tortured,” Emerson Yuntho's petition in change.org states.

According to Amnesty International, Rohingya minority has faced increased violence and discrimination.

Fighting between the army and ethnic armed groups has escalated in Myanmar while the government has increased restrictions on access for the United Nations (UN), other humanitarian organizations, and media.

Villages burned to the ground, unlawful killings, firings on civilians, rape, arbitrary arrests are a few of the crimes committed against Rohingya minority and other Muslim people. They have been confined to their villages or displacement camps and segregated from other communities as well.

“Access to their livelihoods, to health care including lifesaving treatment, food security and education were greatly restricted,” condemns Amnesty International.

First State Counsellor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has done virtually nothing to stop the atrocities in her country resulting in thousands of Rohingyas fleeing to Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh.

According to Reuters, in March, the top United Nations human rights body agreed to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape, and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

The U.N. reported that among 75,000 people have fled to Bangladesh and that Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya in a campaign that “very likely” amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.

Therefore, Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate issued a letter condemning Aung San Suu Kyi's silence: “As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again. We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness again.”

For more information regarding Myanmar on Amnesty International visit: http://bit.ly/1GZojRH.

To sign Emerson Yuntho's petition visit: http://bit.ly/1WBrfjn.

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