Amnesty strip Aung San Suu Kyi of her human rights award

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Amnesty International have stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her Ambassador of Conscience Award following Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya.

The organisation announced that she no longer represented a 'symbol of hope, courage and the undying defence of human rights', in a press released issued today.

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State Counsellor Myanmar, Suu Kyi, was awarded with their highest honour in 2009 with the expectation that she would continue to 'use her moral authority to fight injustice', according to Amnesty.

But instead Amnesty have accused her of betraying the values she once promoted for decades and ignoring the 'crimes against humanity' committed by the military.

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They stated that she had overlooked these acts committed against the Rohingya and against minorities in Kachin and northern Shan states.

Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, Suu Kyi has been stripped of a series of international honours over a Rohingya exodus that began in August 2017.

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More than 700,000 members of the mostly stateless group fled across Myanmar's western border into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military launched a crackdown in response to Rohingya insurgent attacks on the security forces.

U.N.-mandated investigators have accused the military of unleashing a campaign of killings, rape and arson with 'genocidal intent'.

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Suu Kyi's administration rejected the findings as one-sided, and said the military action was engaged in a legitimate counterinsurgency operation.

The international human rights group named Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient when she was still under house arrest for her opposition to Myanmar's oppressive military junta.

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