Canada strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Alzajeera 

Canadian lawmakers vote unanimously to revoke symbolic honour from Myanmar leader over her handling of Rohingya crisis.

Canada strips Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship
Myanmar military’s campaign has driven more then 700,000 Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh since last August [Altaf Qadri/The Associated Press]

Canada’s parliament has unanimously voted to strip Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship over her handling of the Rohingya crisis.

Thursday’s vote came a week after Canadian lawmakers approved a motion recognising the crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims as genocide.

Aung San Suu Kyi received the honour from Ottawa in 2007, when she was a democracy advocate long under house arrest. But the Myanmar leader has been under fire for her failure to condemn the military campaign that has driven more than 700,000 Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh in what the UN human rights chief called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

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