Canada Revokes Honorary Citizenship of Aung San Suu Kyi

Canada Revokes Honorary Citizenship of Aung San Suu Kyi

HONG KONG — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader, was stripped of her honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday over her inaction on military violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.

Senators unanimously passed a measure revoking her citizenship and declaring the treatment of the Rohingya by Myanmar’s government to be a genocide. The same actions were unanimously approved last week by the House of Commons.

Those votes were prompted in part by a United Nations investigation that in August called for six top generals in Myanmar to be tried on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh since August 2017, when Myanmar’s Buddhist-majority security forces began a violent campaign in Rakhine State that has included executions, gang rape and the burning of hundreds of villages. About 10,000 people have been killed, the United Nations says.

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