For months, the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar have been planning the repatriation of these hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Amnesty International has just stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour - The Ambassador of Conscience Award
Amnesty International announced today that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for.@kuminaidoo #Rohingya
Amnesty International has withdrawn its highest human rights honor from Aung San Suu Kyi, the civilian leader of Myanmar, citing her defense of the military’s deadly crackdown against Rohingya Muslims and growing restrictions on free speech
The group criticized Suu Kyi's "apparent indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar military and increasing intolerance of freedom of expression."
Meanwhile, the human rights group Amnesty International has withdrawn the award it gave to the woman who is now Myanmar's de facto civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
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2009: Amnesty International awards #Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi its highest honour. “This courageous woman - the Ambassador of Conscience of each one of us.” 2018: @amnesty withdraws award. “You no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage & the undying defence of human rights.”
⚡️ Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of human rights award
Now, as the date of the repatriation approaches, a Rohingya leader told Reuters that refugees are refusing to cooperate: Myanmar insists it has made preparations for the Rohingya to return safely, as NPR's Anthony Kuhn reported this spring.
This is the latest honour in a string of awards Ms Suu Kyi, 73, has lost.
As far back as 1989, Amnesty International declared Ms Suu Kyi a "prisoner of conscience" and 20 years later awarded her its most prestigious award.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty International’s human rights award
Revoked one by one Nick Beake, BBC Myanmar correspondent Aung San Suu Kyi's unswerving pursuit of democracy for Myanmar in the face of a brutal military dictatorship brought her nearly 15 years of house arrest.
Amnesty International strips #AungSanSuuKyi of her human rights award. Her denial of the gravity & scale of the atrocities against the #Rohingya in #Myanmar is a shameful betrayal of the values she once purported to stand for. #ASSK #Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of Amnesty Internationals highest honor in light of her shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for, the UK-based rights group announces
Now, Amnesty International has written to Ms Suu Kyi saying it's withdrawing its prize because - as they put it - "we can no longer justify her status as an Ambassador of Conscience".
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aung San Suu Kyi, seen here at a business summit in Singapore on Monday Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award.
Rohingya Repatriation Set To Begin, As Amnesty Revokes Award To Aung San Suu Kyi The long-planned repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh back to Myanmar is set to begin later this week — and refugees are reportedly fleeing camps to avoid being sent back to the country they fled.