HONGKONG – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, was dismissed on Tuesday for her inaction over military violence against Rohingya Muslims.
Senators unanimously decided to revoke their citizenship and declare the treatment of Rohingya by Myanmar's government as genocide. The same actions were unanimously approved by the lower house last week.
These voices were partially fueled by a United Nations investigation into six leading generals in Myanmar in August for genocide and crimes against humanity.
More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border into Bangladesh since August 201
Like many people in Myanmar, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has steadfastly denied reports of ethnic cleansing and even referred to them as Fake News. Although she said this month that the crisis "could have been handled better," she says other countries have ignored violent attacks by armed Rohingya fighters against members of other ethnic and religious groups in Rakhine. According to local officials, about 50 people were killed in these attacks.
Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi's Rohingya crisis and response have dramatically changed her global reputation as a democratic icon. The Movement in the Canadian Chamber said that while the military in Myanmar exercises considerable power, Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who holds a position comparable to Prime Minister, is not without power itself.
"Canceling her volunteer work may not make any noticeable difference to her, but she sends an important symbolic message," said Ms. Omidvar. "She was complicit in eliminating the citizenship and safety of thousands of Rohingya people, which has led to her escape, her murder, her rape, and her current deplorable situation."
Ms. Omidvar also cited the detention of two Reuters journalists reporting the atrocities. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi defended the judge's verdict and verdict in this case.
Aung San Suu Kyi received the honorary citizenship of Canada in October 2007 for her pro-democracy campaign in Myanmar, where she was under house arrest for 15 years under the former military government. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
Lars Heikensten, head of the Nobel Foundation, told Reuters last week that while the action of Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi was "regrettable," her Nobel Peace Prize was not withdrawn because it made no sense to judge the winners of their actions after they received their awards.
Other individuals with Canadian honorary citizenship are Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and educational activist, and the Dalai Lama.