Calls to re­voke Suu Kyi’s hon­our

But No­bel Peace Prize can­not be with­drawn

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COPEN­HAGEN: The or­gan­i­sa­tion that over­sees the No­bel Peace Prize says the 1991 prize awarded to Myan­mar’s Aung San Suu Kyi can­not be re­voked.

Olav Njol­stad, head of the Nor­we­gian No­bel In­sti­tute, said nei­ther the will of prize founder Al­fred No­bel nor the No­bel Foun­da­tion’s rules pro­vided for the pos­si­bil­ity of with­draw­ing the hon­our from lau­re­ates.

“It is not pos­si­ble to strip a No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate of his or her award once be­stowed,” Njol­stad wrote. “None of the prize-award­ing com­mit­tees in Stock­holm and Oslo has ever con­sid­ered re­vok­ing a prize af­ter it has been awarded.”

An on­line pe­ti­tion signed by more than 386 000 peo­ple on Change.org is call­ing for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize over the per­se­cu­tion of Myan­mar’s Ro­hingya Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

Suu Kyi re­ceived the award for “her non-vi­o­lent strug­gle for democ­racy and hu­man rights” while stand­ing up against mil­i­tary rulers.

She be­came the coun­try’s de facto leader af­ter Myan­mar held its first free elec­tion in 2012 and she led her party to a

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