The United States Holocaust Museum last week rescinded the Elie Wiesel Award it gave Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012, over her silence on the Rohingya crisis in her country, which is also known as Burma.
Suu Kyi received the Wiesel award following her efforts to oppose Myanmar’s military regime. But beginning last year, she has faced international criticism for failing to respond to mass attacks against Rohingya Muslims. Since August, more than 600,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh after security officials launched clearance operations the United Nations termed “genocide.”
In a letter dated March 6, the museum noted it started to monitor assaults against the Rohingya in 2013. “We understand the difficult situation you must face in confronting the military misrule and violence in your country, and that institution’s still powerful constitutional role,” the letter said. “However, the military’s orchestration of the crimes against Rohingya and the severity of the atrocities in recent months demand that you use your moral authority to address this situation.”
In a Monday report, Amnesty International said eyewitness accounts and satellite imagery showed the military has started to build new roads and structures over the burned Rohingya lands, further fueling claims of ethnic genocide. —O.O.