Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, left, meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Dec. 6, 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Foreign Ministry)
Call to Withdraw Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize Most Popular Petition of 2016
BY :RATRI M. SINIWI
DECEMBER 23, 2016
Jakarta. As the Rohingya crisis drags on, more Indonesians have started to call for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize.
A petition initiated in March by Indonesia Corruption Watch activist Emerson Yuntho was named the most popular of 2016, according to online petition platform Change.org.
"About 202,477 signatures were collected for the petition to take back Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize, and this was due to the Rohingya Muslim crisis," Change.org co-founder Usman Hamid said on Thursday (22/12).
The petition is directed at the Norwegian Nobel Committee and requires more than 93,000 signatures.
According to Usman, the petition has been actively receiving signatures all year round.
Earlier this month, many prominent leaders, including President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, have expressed concern over the crisis.
The president stated that Indonesia would be providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine State.