Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar authorities have defended Aung San Suu Kyi after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims.

The UK-based human rights group on Monday said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009 during her 15-year house arrest.

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Reacting, Deputy Minister for Information Aung Hla Tun told AFP he was personally sad and disappointed by Amnesty’s announcement and said Suu Kyi was being treated “unfairly”.

He added that such moves would only “make the people love her more”.

Suu Kyi has yet to comment on Amnesty’s decision, but she has in the past shrugged off questions about withdrawn awards.