BURMESE leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not likely to lose her Nobel peace prize despite the recent United Nation’s report saying the military had committed mass killings of minority Muslim Rohingya.
The secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Olav Njoelstad, said Suu Kyi would not be stripped of the award despite criticisms that she failed to speak out against the army crackdown in Rakhine state, The Guardian reported.
“It’s important to remember that a Nobel prize, whether in physics, literature or peace, is awarded for some prize-worthy effort or achievement of the past,” Njoelstad said.
“Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel peace prize for her fight for democracy and freedom up until 1991, the year she was awarded the prize.”
Almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled across the border to neighbouring Bangladesh since a military crackdown began in August 2017.
Current estimates of those residing in squalid refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar region number to about a million.
On Monday, Facebook removed 18 accounts and 52 pages with links to Burma’s military, citing their gross rights violations and hate propaganda against the Rohingya community.
The social media giant banned key military figures following the report by the United Nations which suggested the military had carried out killings of Rohingyans with ‘genocidal intent’.
Njoelstad said the rule regulating Nobel prizes did not allow the award to be taken away from a laureate.
Njoelstad remark echoed the one made by the head of the committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, who said Suu Kyi would not lose her Nobel prize despite her role in the crisis.
“We don’t do it. It’s not our task to oversee or censor what a laureate does after the prize has been won,” she said.
“The prize winners themselves have to safeguard their own reputations.”