US Holocaust Museum Rescinds Award to Myanmar's Suu Kyi

UN Official Demanded to Stop the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

The UN assistant secretary general for human rights, Andrew Gilmour, said on Tuesday that ethnic cleansing was continuing in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi was a Nobel laureate and was only the second person to receive the Elie Weisel award (the first was Wiesel), The New York Times reported. In November 2013, we held a public event at the Museum to call attention to our growing concerns, titled: "Our Walls Bear Witness: The Plight of Burma's Rohingya".

Instead of condemning and stopping the military's brutal campaign, the NLD refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, propagated hate against the Rohingya community, and cracked down on journalists trying to uncover the scope of the crimes in the Rakhine State.

The rate of killings and sexual violence in the state of Rakhine, Myanmar, has decreased compared to past year, but killings, systematic rapes, torture, and kidnapping continue, he said.

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It has justified the crackdown as an effort to root out Rohingya militants who attacked border police posts in August, killing about a dozen people.

In January, US diplomat Bill Richardson resigned from a Suu Kyi-appointed panel set up to ease tensions with the Rohingya, assailing her for an "absence of moral leadership". They have also expressed concerns about conditions in Myanmar where many Rohingya settlements have been burned to the ground by soldiers and Buddhist mobs.

Her party won a landslide victory in 2015 and she became state counsellor.

For many of her one-time admirers, her handling of the Rohingya issue has been nothing short of a betrayal. While Myanmar shows the thumb at the United Nations by refusing to let in neutral observers to see for themselves what has happened in the state of Rakhine, how long will it be before the world's inaction convinces the Myanmar government that it faces no serious threat in terms of punitive sanctions?

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"My dear sister: If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep", he wrote.

Sara Bloomfield, director of the Holocaust Museum, explained its reasoning in an open letter to the Myanmar embassy in Washington that was published on the museum's website.

The museum has been "closely monitoring" the Myanmar military's campaign against the Rohingya and Aung San Suu Kyi's response to it, Bloomfield continued, making "numerous visits" to Myanmar and Bangladesh to obtain firsthand evidence.

But the museum said the scale of the human suffering inflicted on the Rohingya demands action. As Elie Wiesel said, "Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim".

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