Amnesty International announced that it has withdrawn its highest honour from Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Ambassador of Conscience Award was awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi in 2009 and after being released from house arrest she was finally able to accept the award at an event in Dublin in 2012.
The award was revoked in light of the Myanmar leader's "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for".
Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo yesterday wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her that the organisation is revoking the award.
"As an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience, our expectation was that you would continue to use your moral authority to speak out against injustice wherever you saw it, not least within Myanmar itself,” wrote Kumi Naidoo.
When she accepted the honour in Dublin six years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi asked the organisation to "not take either your eyes or your mind off us and help us to be the country where hope and history merges".
Speaking today, Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, said that they took her request very seriously "which is why we will never look away from human rights violations in Myanmar".
“When we honoured Aung San Suu Kyi in Dublin, it was for a Myanmar that would defend the human rights of all. Her failure to speak out for the Rohingya is one reason why we can no longer justify her being an Ambassador of Conscience”- @Colmogorman. https://t.co/0ITb93rnPG pic.twitter.com/AxxCEWtXEW— Amnesty Ireland (@AmnestyIreland) November 12, 2018
Amnesty International has repeatedly criticised the failure of Aung San Suu Kyi and her government to speak out about military atrocities against the Rohingya population in Rakhine State.
Amnesty said that although the civilian government does not have control over the military, Aung San Suu Kyi and her office have shielded the security forces from accountability by dismissing, downplaying or denying allegations of human rights violations and by obstructing international investigations into abuses.