Aung San Suu Kyi First To Be Stripped Of Honorary Canadian Citizenship, Wikimedia Commons

The Nation-Oct 2

Canada’s Parliament has voted to strip Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi – once a beacon of hope for democracy – of her honorary Canadian citizenship due to her evident unwillingness to demonstrate moral authority and stop the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in her country. Other nations should follow suit, withdrawing whatever honors bestowed on her in the past.  Clearly, enduring years of house arrest under the former military regime did not qualify as her moment of truth. That moment came only after she’d shed her shackles to win an election and become the country’s leader. It came when her soldiers and police brutalized the Rohingya community. She was in a position to at least oppose the action on moral grounds and beg for a halt. Instead, she did nothing, and in fact vigorously defended the perpetrators of what the United Nations now regards as an act of genocide.

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First published in: The Nation