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Amnesty Int’l Withdraws Top Honor from Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi

HeadlineNov 13, 2018

Amnesty International has withdrawn the Ambassador of Conscience Award—its highest honor—from Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi in response to the military atrocities and ongoing persecution of Burma’s Rohingya minority. In a letter to Suu Kyi, Amnesty International Secretary General Kumi Naidoo writes, “You have chosen to overlook and excuse the brutal oppression and crimes against humanity committed by the military against the Rohingya … and your office has actively shielded the military from international scrutiny and accountability. We have also been appalled to witness your administration spread hate narratives against minorities, fostering rather than challenging discrimination and hostility.” This comes as the repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh back to Burma is scheduled to start later this week. Many human rights groups warn that Burma is not able to guarantee safety to returning refugees, and many are reportedly fleeing camps to avoid having to return to Burma.

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