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Suu Kyi Is First to Have Canadian Honor Revoked

Myanmar leader loses honorary citizenship
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 3, 2018 12:11 AM CDT
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi briefs the media after a meeting with Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
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(Newser) – Canada's Parliament formally stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday for complicity in the atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya people. The Senate voted unanimously to strip Suu Kyi, Myanmar's civilian leader, of the symbolic honor bestowed on her in 2007. The upper house's move follows a similar unanimous vote in the House of Commons last week. Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her fight for democracy in Myanmar, is the first person to have her honorary Canadian citizenship revoked, the AP reports.

A United Nations fact-finding mission reported last month that Myanmar's military has systematically killed thousands of Rohingya civilians, burned hundreds of their villages, and engaged in ethnic cleansing and mass gang rape. It called for top generals to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide. Canada's Senate has also followed the lead of the House of Commons in recognizing that the crimes against humanity committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya constitute a genocide. "We must recognize this atrocity for what it is," said Sen. Ratna Omidvar, who introduced the motion to revoke Suu Kyi's citizenship Tuesday. "It is genocide. We must call it as it is."

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