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US museum revokes award to Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

New York: The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has revoked a prestigious human rights award it had given to the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, now Myanmar's civilian leader, faulting her for failing to halt or even acknowledge the ethnic cleansing of her country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who endured 15 years of house arrest for taking on the military dictatorship in Myanmar, was only the second person to receive the award, in 2012. It was named after Elie Wiesel, a fellow recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The award, according to the museum, is given annually "to an internationally prominent individual whose actions have advanced the museum's vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide and promote human dignity". But Aung San Suu Kyi, the museum said, has failed to live up to that vision.

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New York Times News Service

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