Suu Kyi stripped of prestigious award for her silence on Rohingya crisis

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In their letter informing Suu Kyi of the withdrawal of the award, museum officials said they hoped she "would have done something to condemn and stop the military's brutal campaign and to express solidarity with the targeted Rohingya population".

"In recent years, the Museum has been closely monitoring the military's campaign against the Rohingya and your response to it", the letter reads. It also urged her to amend a 1982 law that stripped the Rohingya, who have lived in the western region of Myanmar near Bangladesh for centuries, of their citizenship.

"You can expand access for both local and global aid workers to administer life-saving assistance", the letter states.

"While awaiting the final report of the fact-finding mission, I again recommend that this council ask the General Assembly to establish a new independent and impartial mechanism to prepare and expedite criminal proceedings in courts against those responsible", Zeid said.

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According to the museum, the award is the museum's highest honor and given to "internationally prominent individuals whose actions have advanced the Museum's vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity".

Meanwhile, a senior Bangladesh cabinet minister has accused Myanmar of obstructing efforts to repatriate roughly 750,000 Rohingya refugees, saying it was unlikely the displaced Muslims would ever return to their homeland, according to AFP.

Some 700,000 Rohingya have been driven across the border into Bangladesh, bringing with them scant possessions and countless tales of atrocities, including gang rapes, the murder of children and the destruction of entire villages, The Post reported recently.

Despite these credible accounts of human rights abuses, documents released under freedom of information laws show that the Australian defence department plans to spend nearly $400,000 on training members of the Myanma military in 2017-18.

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During the reporting of this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police. There was no immediate comment by the Myanmar government.

The museum does on-the-ground research into alleged genocide around the world.

Gilmour said the ongoing violence makes it impossible to send Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh back to Myanmar.

Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims is continuing, a senior United Nations human rights official says, more than six months after insurgent attacks sparked a security response that has driven almost 700,000 people into Bangladesh.

Bill Richardson, a former governor of New Mexico and longtime friend of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, recently quit an advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, calling it a "cheerleading squad" for the government.

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Aung San Suu Kyi had earned comparisons to South Africa's Nelson Mandela after spending 15 years under house arrest for opposing the country's military dictatorship. "But that is no excuse for her failure to wield her substantial moral authority to attempt to halt the assaults and seek reconciliation". Authorities in Myanmar accuse them of possessing state secrets.