Activists across the world have launched a campaign calling on Nobel Peace Prize Committee to take back its 1991 peace prize to Myanmar’s de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi over her involvement in what is regarded as ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the country.
Launched on change.org, the petition has already been signed by 366,000 supporters.
“When a laureate cannot maintain peace, then for the sake of peace itself the prize needs to be returned or confiscated by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee,” the petition reads.
“Therefore, we hereby demand the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee confiscate or take back the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi. Only those who are serious in keeping the world peace may be awarded such a coveted Prize,” it added.
The petition points to the disastrous humanitarian situation of Rohingya Muslims, saying Suu Kyi has done nothing to stop this crime against humanity in her country.
For years, the Rohingya have been subject to violence committed by extremist Buddhists, facing large groups of Muslims to flee their homeland to take refuge in neighboring Bangladesh and other countries.
The latest clashes erupted late last month, pushing more than 125,000 Rohingya to flee their homes.