Canada’s parliament unanimously voted to strip Myanmar’s leader of her honorary citizenship

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  • Canada’s parliament on Thursday voted to strip Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship as part of the country’s crackdown of global human-rights violators. 
  • Suu Kyi had been granted the symbolic citizenship in 2007 in recognition for the way she addressed the mistreatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, which led to some 700,000 people fleeing the country’s Rakhine state.
  • She has since fallen out of favor with the international community, due in part to her most recent public statements about two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar. Earlier this month, Suu Kyi admitted that she could have done better Rohingya crisis could have been dealt with “better.”
  • Canada has gotten serious about holding human-rights abusers to account across the world. In August, the country called out Saudi Arabia for arresting several prominent human rights activists.

Canada’s parliament on Thursday unanimously voted to strip Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship as part of the country’s crackdown of global human-rights violators. 

Suu Kyi’s symbolic citizenship was granted in 2007. The parliament’s move must now be approved by the country’s Senate. 

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