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Mynmar's San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Ambassador of Conscience Award' by Amnesty International
The famous dramatist George Bernard Shaw had said: "We learn from history that we learn nothing from history."

From Joseph Stalin of Soviet Union to Zia ul Haque of Pakistan, from Pol Pot of Cambodia to the Shah of Iran, from Idi Amin of Uganda to Saddam Hussein - the butcher of Baghdad, the story repeats itself. And the latest to add in this abhorrent list are the royals of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This scribe has already written an article about the barbaric and gruesome well planned murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Merinews on 6 October 2018.

And the latest development, the Turkish investigators claim that they have found traces of hydrofluoric acid and other chemicals in a well at the Saudi consul general's home in Istanbul. The discovery comes about six weeks after the journalist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi disappeared from the Saudi consulate. This would be the latest feather in cap of brutal Saudi Crown. More would follow if the civilized world decides to look the other way under the glitter of Saudi Petro Dollars.

Come what may, no one could stop the wheels of natural justice and all of them go one day and goes along with them their instruments and symbols of tyranny. These events often occur right before our eyes.

But the problem doesn't lie with dictators alone. They're always supported by individuals and groups that follow their cults out of faith, fear of their own survival or tempted to support to raise their own fortunes. The latest to come in this category of acolytes is Mynmar's San Suu Kyi who has been recently stripped of 'Ambassador of Conscience Award' by Amnesty International in light of her "shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for" and her failure to protect human rights in the Buddhist country.

This award was presented to Suu Kyi in 2009 in recognition of her "peaceful and non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights." According to Amnesty International, this was revoked because the organisation "cannot justify your continued status as a recipient because it was "profoundly dismayed that you [Suu Kyi] no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights".

Initially, Suu Kyi was hailed as a freedom fighter for her efforts to stand up against Myanmar's military junta. She was put under house arrest for more than 15 years. The award was revoked exactly eight years after Suu Kyi's house arrest ended. It is interesting to know that she was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In a letter to Suu Kyi, Amnesty International's general secretary Kumi Naidoo said her "failure to speak out for the Rohingya is one reason why we can no longer justify her status as an Ambassador of Conscience.".

She had become the de-facto leader of Myanmar's civilian-led government in April 2016. Suu Kyi and her office have been shielding the security forces from accountability by "dismissing, downplaying or denying allegations of human rights violations and by obstructing international investigations into abuses" Amnesty claims that her administration has been "actively involved in the commission or perpetuation of multiple human rights violations."

Myanmar security forces have killed and raped thousands of women and Rohingya girls; they had detained and tortured men and boys, and burned hundreds of homes and villages to the ground. More than 720,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh. Amnesty also accused Suu Kyi's administration of actively stirring up hostility against the Rohingya, labelling them as "terrorists", accusing them of burning their own homes and decrying "faking rape".

There is lesson for all dictators of the world in the making also!

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