Revoke Nobel Prize from Politician Failing to Denounce Genocide

Target: Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chairperson of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Goal: Endorse revoking Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1991, Myanmar democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her long battle against her country’s military regime. At the time, she was a hero for many people both in Myanmar and abroad. As British journalist and long-time Aung San Suu Kyi supporter George Monbiot recently wrote, “To mention her name was to invoke patience and resilience in the face of suffering, courage and determination in the unyielding struggle for freedom. She was an inspiration to us all.”

Today, she is the de facto head of state of Myanmar. Under her watch, human rights groups say the persecution of Myanmar’s marginalized Rohingya people has reached crisis levels, and may now be reaching something close to genocide. A recent United Nations report on human rights in Myanmar included allegations Myanmar government forces have engaged in mass rape of Rohingya women and children, the indiscriminate massacre of entire villages and the deliberate burning of crops.

All the while, Aung San Suu Kyi has denied, downplayed and deflected allegations of state violence against the Rohingya. She has even called on diplomats to refrain from using the term “Rohingya” – a move in line with Myanmar’s long-standing policy of refusing to acknowledge the ethnic group as part of Myanmar’s society.

If you believe no Nobel laureate should stand idly by amid possible genocide, please sign this petition demanding Aung San Suu Kyi be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Reiss-Andersen,

When Aung San Suu Kyi received her Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she was a hero. Today, she is the face of a government that has been accused of ethnic cleansing. Myanmar’s long-marginalized Rohingya people are being forced from their homes by a wave of indiscriminate violence on the part of state security forces, according to human rights groups. The sheer brutality of the government’s efforts to drive the Rohingya from Myanmar is beyond words. Survivors have recounted horrific stories of newborn babies being stomped to death by soldiers, helicopter gunships spraying villages with machine gun fire, and mass executions of Rohingya civilians – all in what human rights defenders say is a coordinated effort to totally eradicate the Rohingya people.

As the de facto head of state of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has an obligation to speak out for the rights of the Rohingya. Instead, she had sought to downplay the violence and impede the work of human rights groups and aid agencies. In effect, she is complicit in what is looking more and more like a genocide in progress. This is unforgivable, and unbecoming of a Nobel laureate. We demand the Nobel Committee take a stand where Aung San Suu Kyi has failed, and revoke her prize.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Raleigh koritz says:

    This is very wrong and twisted. Ann San Suu Kyi has fail, and the Nobel Peace Prize should be revoke immediately.

  2. It’s tragic that she has changed and is now supporting the brutal military in it’s horrific actions against the Rohingya people there.
    It should definitely be revoked. Apparently though, they have never revoked a Nobel Peace Prize and do not intend to do so. Strange, considering some of the recipients have been far from peaceful, such as Henry Kissinger, Obama and Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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