The organisation which oversees the Novel Peace Prize is unable to withdraw the honour from Myanmar President Aung San Suu Kyi, in spite of the fact her government is committing “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslims in the country.
In an email to the Associated Press, Olav Njolstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, said:
It is not possible to strip a Nobel Peace Prize laureate of his or her award once bestowed.
More than 393,000 have signed an online petition calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize.
Suu Kyi received the award for “her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights” while standing up against military rulers.
International organisations have condemned the “ethnic cleansing” and “genocide” taking place in Myanmar by government troops and Buddhist mobs against the Muslim minority group, the Rohingya. Suu Kyi has dismissed the crisis.