On Friday, Nobel Peace prize awarded to Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991 cannot be revoked said the organization which oversee the Nobel Prize.
Olav Njolstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, in an email to The Associated Press said that neither the will of prize founder Alfred Nobel nor the Nobel Foundation’s rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honour from laureates.
“It is not possible to strip a Nobel Peace Prize laureate of his or her award once bestowed,” Mr. Njolstad wrote. “None of the prize awarding committees in Stockholm and Oslo has ever considered revoking a prize after it has been awarded.”
More than 386,000 people on Change.org signed an online petition calling Ms. Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize over the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
Suu Kyi received the award for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” while standing up against military rulers.
Suu Kyi received lot of flak for keeping quite over Rohingya crisis. Recently, former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu urged his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner to intervene to stop the persecution of the Rohingya.
Earlier Malala Yousafzai in a tweet said, “world is waiting” for Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counselor and de-facto leader, to address the violence against Rohingyas.
Rohingya have described large-scale violence perpetrated by Myanmar troops and Buddhist mobs setting fire to their homes, spraying bullets indiscriminately and ordering them to leave or be killed.
Ms. Suu Kyi has dismissed the Rohingya crisis as a misinformation campaign.