No­bel in­sti­tute: Myan­mar leader can’t be stripped of prize

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The or­ga­ni­za­tion that over­sees the No­bel Peace Prize said Fri­day the 1991 prize awarded to Myan­mar’s Aung Sang Suu Kyi can­not be re­voked.

Olav Njol­stad, head of the Nor­we­gian No­bel In­sti­tute, said in an email to The As­so­ci­ated Press that nei­ther the will of prize founder Al­fred No­bel nor the No­bel Foun­da­tion’s rules pro­vide 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 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 land­slide vic­tory.

On Thurs­day, for­mer South African arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu urged Suu Kyi to in­ter­vene to pro­tect the Ro­hingya.

In an open let­ter, Tutu told his fel­low No­bel Peace Prize win­ner that it was “in­con­gru­ous for a sym­bol of righ­teous­ness” to lead a coun­try where vi­o­lence against the Ro­hingya is be­ing car­ried out.

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