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Adam Austen: Emailed Statement and Suu Silence

adam austen: Trudeau's Liberals had faced pressure to revoke the honour, but had refused to say whether they would consider such a step.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday that the government made up its mind to support the idea in response to Suu Kyi's silence on the crimes in Myanmar, according to Vancouver Courier. Our government supported this motion in response to her continued failure to speak out against the genocide of the Rohingya, a crime being committed by the military with which she shares power, Adam Austen wrote in an emailed statement. The vote, on a Bloc Quebecois motion, followed Thursday's question period and came one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was up to Parliament to decide whether to strip the honour given to Suu Kyi in 2007.article continues below Trending Stories Vancouver photographer captures 'magical' time-lapse video of moon rising Amanda Tapping on coping with miscarriage Ramada Hotel to serve as temporary social housing Vancouver filmmaker hunts elusive Grizzly Bryant Big Country' Reeves The once-celebrated Burmese reformer has been widely criticized for not speaking out against the atrocities being committed against her country's Rohingya people. We will continue to support the Rohingya people through humanitarian assistance, targeted sanctions against Myanmar's generals and by pushing for accountability for those responsible through an appropriate international body. There is no formal procedure required for making someone an honorary citizen it is a purely political decision but precedent has been set for a joint resolution to be passed by the House of Commons and Senate in order to grant someone the honour. The Opposition Conservatives called the vote to remove her citizenship a step in the right direction, but pressed the Liberals to do more for the Rohingya people than make a symbolic gesture. ( As reported in the news.