[A member of the Islamic Movement in Israel, a political movement for Arab Muslims inside Israel, displays a defaced poster of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration to condemn Myanmar’s treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority, in front of the embassy of Myanmar, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Protest leader Ibrahim Sarsour said the crowd came to condemn what he called “atrocities” committed by the Myanmar government. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)]
London: Myanmar's Foreign Minister and de facto Leader Aung San Suu Kyi was chosen for the '2017 International Islamophobe of the Year Award' on Sunday at the annual Islamophobia Awards ceremony conducted by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission.
Suu Kyi's atrocities targeting Myanmar's Muslim minority are so egregious that she shot past other nominated international Islamophobes, U.S. President Donald Trump, French far-right party National Front leader Marie Le Pen, and Dutch far-right Freedoms Party leader Geert Wilders.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 Muslims were killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state over the last three months, according to the European Rohingya Council and more than 617,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to take shelter in neighboring Bangladesh, Anadolu Agency reported.
The annual Islamophobia Awards by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission was attended by representatives of many NGOs and Muslim organizations as well as prominent figures. The program started with recitation of a few verses from the Muslim holy book of Qur’an.
In the "United Kingdom" category, the Islamophobes of the year goes to Tommy Robinson, former leader of the fascist English Defense League (EDL) who is infamously known for his anti-Islam views.
The other candidates in this category were TV presenter and columnist Katie Hopkins, former leader of the populist UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage, far-right For Britain Party founder Anne Marie Waters and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Fox News also received the ironic award in the "media" category. The Islamic Human Rights Commission is an "independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organization," established in 1997.