In his Argument Piece for Foreign Policy Senior Fellow Zachary Kaufman analyzes the pros and cons of awarding Nobel Peace Prizes solely posthumously. In response to Aung San Suu Kyi’s discriminatory actions towards the Rohingya people, her Nobel Peace Prize has been placed into question. Kaufman examines Aung San Suu Kyi’s credibility gained as a result of the prize as well as the damage she has caused since receiving the prize. He suggests that Peace Prizes be awarded only posthumously in order to ensure that the recipient’s entire life, upheld the morals and values of the prize.
“Regardless of who wins the Nobel Peace Prize tomorrow, the controversy over a previous recipient should prompt revision of the award’s future selection criteria. As the atrocity crimes perpetrated by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya escalate (possibly amounting to genocide), so too does criticism of the country’s state counselor and de facto leader, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. And rightfully so. She is inflaming anti-Rohingya sentiment and blaming “terrorists” for “misinformation” about the crisis, and the government she leads is refusing to grant visas to members of a United Nations probe investigating the horrific violence and preventing international organizations from delivering vital aid.”
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