Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on October 3, 2018, became the first person to be stripped of the honorary Canadian citizenship for her role in gross human rights violations against the Rohingya people. The Canadian Senate formally revoked the symbolic honour that was bestowed on Suu Kyi in 2007.
Senators unanimously adopted a genocide motion tabled by Independent Senator Ratna Omidvar in the red chamber. Senator Ratna Omidvar said that “We need to send a strong signal here in Canada and around the world that if you’re an accomplice of a genocide, you are not welcome here. Certainly not as an honorary Canadian citizen.”
1. Myanmar passed its Citizenship Law in 1982 in which it recognised eight races and 130 minority groups but it excluded the minority Rohingya Muslims from citizenship.
2. Later, it passed a second law that limited the Rohingya Muslim residence to two townships in the western state of Rakhine, which borders Bangladesh.
3. The second law for Rohingyas also restricted them to have only two children, a restriction that does not apply to majority Buddhist population.
4. The Rohingya people, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are a stateless Indo-Aryan people from the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
5. There were an estimated 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar. As of September 2017, nearly half of them have fled to other countries.