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She has not even spoken the word Rohingya in public.

The award was named after Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Nazi genocide against Jews who spent much of his life campaigning for human rights, himself winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. "Aung San Suu Kyi's refusal to condemn or halt ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is shameful", McGovern said. Prevented by Myanmarese law from running for political office, she holds the title of state counselor and foreign minister.

A letter from Sara J. Bloomfield, the director of the museum, explains that the museum had been closely monitoring the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by government authorities, with over 700,000 fleeing the mass-rape and murders of a military crackdown to neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017.

The museum had hoped that Aung San Suu Kyi would speak out and try to end the brutal campaign, the letter added.

Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy have refused to cooperate with United Nations investigators, fed hate attacks on the Rohingya and denied reporters access to areas where alleged abuses have taken place, the museum said in a letter to Suu Kyi that was posted on its website.

However, the Museum said it was rescinding the award due to her inaction over what it called "mounting evidence of genocide" committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state.

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".


The Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, investigating the deaths of 10 Rohingya men and their burial in a mass grave, were arrested and face 14 years in prison. In response, Barack Obama relaxed sanctions, gave financial assistance and became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar.

Bangladesh has reached an agreement with Myanmar to send back the around 750,000 refugees who have arrived since October 2016 over the next two years.

For many of her one-time admirers, her handling of the Rohingya issue has been nothing short of a betrayal.

Earlier this month, the United Nations accused Myanmar of launching a "campaign of terror and forced starvation" against the Rohingya people.

We understand the hard situation you must face in confronting decades of military misrule and violence in your country and that institution's still powerful constitutional role. Myanmar has denied citizenship to Rohingya since 1982 and excludes them from the 135 ethnic groups it officially recognizes, which effectively renders them stateless.

Though she is Myanmar's civilian leader, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's power is limited in the face of the military's continued popularity and domination of the country's economy and its important institutions. "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented".


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