The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum announced Wednesday that it is rescinding the Elie Wiesel Award – its highest honor – it gave in 2012 to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar political leader and Nobel laureate, saying military crimes against the Muslim Rohingya minority “demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation.”
The announcement, posted on the museum’s website, comes as calls are becoming louder and louder for Suu Kyi, once a towering human rights hero, to speak out. She is seen as the power behind President Htin Kyaw, a close friend and ally. Prevented by Myanmarese law from running for political office, she holds the title of state counselor and foreign minister.
The museum posted its March 6 letter to Suu Kyi, sent via Aung Lynn, Myanmar’s ambassador to the United States.
“In recent years, the Museum has been closely monitoring the military’s campaign against the Rohingya and your response to it,” the letter reads. “. . . As the military’s attacks against the Rohingya unfolded in 2016 and 2017, 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.”
Source: National Post