The Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced that it will be removing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi from a display, over her government’s treatment of the Rohingya Muslims.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been displaced and thousands killed after Myanmar launched a massive military offensive last year. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees said the crisis was a form of “ethnic cleansing”, whilst other leading academics have called it a genocide.
"She's not a human rights icon,” said Anwar Arkani, president of the Rohingya Association of Canada. “Why is she there? She is an absolute oppressor, there is no question about it,"
"Why do you keep her in the museum (with) a lot of honorable people who are disgraced by this lady's presence."
Angela Cassie, the museum's vice-president of public affairs and programs said "the betrayal is significant and it's very painful for them to come through the doors and see her image".
"What we chose to do is not change the history, but rather dim the light and keep the exhibition in place and add to the story so people understand the contemporary context.”
"(It is) continuing to happen today and we should use these opportunities to raise that awareness and encourage others to add their voices to support those that are continuing to flee to escape violence and persecution."