Liberty Hall in Dublin ahead of a visit by Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012
Amnesty International has withdrawn its Ambassador of Conscience Award from Aung San Suu Kyi “in light of her shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for”.
Last year, Dublin City Council stripped the Myanmar leader of her Freedom the City of Dublin award following her indifference to the persecution of her country’s Rohingya people.
Via Amnesty International:
Yesterday, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her the organisation is revoking the 2009 award.
Half way through her term in office, and eight years after her release from house arrest, Naidoo expressed the organisation’s disappointment that she had not used her political and moral authority to safeguard human rights, justice or equality in Myanmar, citing her apparent indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar military and increasing intolerance of freedom of expression.
….When she was finally able to accept the award at an event held in Dublin in 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi asked Amnesty International to “not take either your eyes or your mind off us and help us to be the country where hope and history merges.”
Amnesty International Ireland chief Colm O’Gorman said:
“When we honoured Aung San Suu Kyi here in Dublin, it was for a Myanmar that would protect and defend the human rights of all. This is what Irish people in their tens of thousands had campaigned for decades to achieve.
We will continue to fight for justice and human rights in Myanmar – with or without her support.
Amnesty International took Aung San Suu Kyi’s request that day very seriously, which is why we will never look away from human rights violations in Myanmar.”
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