Canada revokes Myanmar leader’s honorary citizenship

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Canada has stripped Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship for her refusal to call out atrocities by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya.

She becomes the first person to have her honorary Canadian citizenship revoked.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted unanimously to strip Aung San Suu Kyi, of the symbolic honour bestowed on her in 2007.

The upper house’s move follows a similar unanimous vote in the House of Commons last week.

A United Nations fact-finding mission reported last month Myanmar’s military has systematically killed thousands of Rohingya civilians, burned hundreds of their villages, and engaged in ethnic cleansing and mass gang rape.

It called for top generals to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide.

The Senate has also followed the lead of the Commons in recognising that the crimes against humanity committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya constitute a genocide.

“We must recognize this atrocity for what it is,” said Senator Ratna Omidvar, who introduced the motion to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s citizenship on Tuesday.

“It is genocide. We must call it as it is.”