The European Parliament has removed Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the “Sakharov Prize Community” due to “sanctions” of state crimes against the Rohingya community.
The EU Assembly awarded the former democracy campaigner her top human rights award a year before the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, but she will no longer participate in events for the Laureates.
A source close to the EP said that the award was awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi’s work prior to 1990 and could not be withdrawn, but this exclusion on Thursday received the strongest approval for MEPs.
More than 700,000 Rohingya, mostly Muslim minorities, fled to neighboring Bangladesh in 2017 after a bloody crackdown by Myanmar’s military, which was concluded by UN investigators with “genocidal intent”.
Myanmar has denied most of the allegations of genocide and targeted military-led violence, saying its actions were aimed at protecting the country against Rohingya “terrorists”.
In a speech in December in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which lasted for about 30 minutes, Aung San Suu Kyi defended his country’s military against accusations of genocide, but in a 3,379-word jargon he even once used the word Rohingya Did not use
Critics said their denial was part of Myanmar’s attempt to snatch away minorities of their identity and rights.