Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship over Rohingya disaster

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Canada’s parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to successfully strip Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over the Rohingya disaster.

Ottawa had given the long-detained democracy advocate and Nobel laureate the uncommon honour in 2007.

However her worldwide status has grow to be tarnished by her refusal to name out the atrocities by her nation’s army towards the Rohingya Muslims minority, which Ottawa final week declared a genocide.

“In 2007, the Home of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the standing of an honorary Canadian citizen. At present, the Home unanimously handed a movement to take away this standing,” mentioned Adam Austen, spokesman for Overseas Minister Chrystia Freeland.

A brutal army marketing campaign that began final 12 months drove greater than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh, the place they now reside in cramped refugee camps — terrified of returning to primarily Buddhist Myanmar regardless of a repatriation deal.

Many have given accounts of extrajudicial killings, se**xual violence and arson.

The army has denied almost all wrongdoing, justifying its crackdown as a respectable technique of rooting out Rohingya militants.

However after a fact-finding mission, the United Nations on Thursday arrange a panel to arrange indictments towards Myanmar’s military chief and 5 different high army commanders for crimes towards humanity.

Suu Kyi’s democratically-elected authorities stays in a fragile energy stability with the generals, whose presence in parliament offers them an efficient veto on constitutional modifications.

Austen cited Suu Kyi’s “persistent refusal to denounce the Rohingya genocide” for the withdrawal of the Canadian honour, which is symbolic and comes with no particular privileges.

“We’ll proceed to help the Rohingyas by offering humanitarian help, imposing sanctions towards Myanmar’s generals and demanding that these accountable be held accountable earlier than a reliable worldwide physique,” he added.

Honorary Canadian citizenship has solely been granted to 5 others together with the Dalai Lama, ladies training advocate Malala Yousafzai and Nelson Mandela.

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