EU lawmakers suspend Myanmar’s Suu Kyi from rights award events


FILE PHOTO: After hearing in a case against Myanmar’s minority Muslim Rohingya population in the Hague, Netherlands, on December 12 in a case against the genocide, the UN top court granted the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. 2019. REUTERS / EVA PLAYER / FILE PHOTO

Brussels (Reuters) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will no longer be invited to the European Parliament’s Human Rights Prize events, which he won in 1990, EU lawmakers said on Thursday, accusing him of genocide in his country Oppose

In the 1990s Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner of the then ruling military contingent of Myanmar, who now rules as a state consultant, was awarded the Sakharov Prize of Parliament in 1990.

As part of that honor, he is also invited to the meetings of award-winning, EU MPs and rights organizations for the promotion of rights internationally.

European Union lawmakers said in a statement that their suspension from the Sakharov award programs was “their failure to act and their reaction in accepting the ongoing crimes against the Rohingya community in Myanmar”.

Suu Kyi, who came to power after a landslide election victory in 2015, ended half a century of military rule, has been internationally accused of thwarting a military operation against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Her stance on the Rohingyas has stripped her of other awards, calls on the Nobel Committee to cancel the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 and criticize former supporters.

Suu Kyi denied the massacre and defended her country against charges in a UN court in The Hague.

The European Union’s parliament said it was not stripped of the prize or asked to return 50,000 euros ($ 59,000) of prize money because it was for its pro-democracy role in the opposition when it was repeatedly imprisoned. And kept under house arrest. It was released in 2010.

Reporting by Robin Emmot; Editing by Frances Carey

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