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Aung San Suu Kyi, State Councillor (position equal to Prime Minister) of Myanmar, has been stripped of her Freedom of Edinburgh Award for her refusal to condemn the violence against the Rohingyas in Myanmar. This the 7th honour that the Novel Peace prize winner has been stripped of over the past year. Suu Kyi was given the award in 2005 to honour her role in championing peace and democracy in Burma where she was living under house arrest. At the time of presentation of Award, Lord Provost of Edinburgh had compared her to Nelson Mandela. However, as state concillor in Myanmar, she has repeatedly refused to speak out against violence committed by the military against the Rohingyas. The violence has driven out over seven lakh Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state in Myanmar.