Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Oxford

29.11.2017

Aung San Suu Kyi has been formally stripped of an honour granting her the Freedom of Oxford because of her response to the Rohingya crisis.

The de facto leader of Myanmar was granted the freedom of the city in 1997 for her "long struggle for democracy".

But Oxford city councillors said they did not want to honour "those who turn a blind eye to violence".

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh following recent violence.

San Suu Kyi's failure to denounce the military or address allegations of ethnic cleansing has been criticised by world leaders and groups such as Amnesty International.

Oxford City Council voted to permanently remove her honour at a meeting earlier, after a preliminary vote in October. Mary Clarkson, who proposed the motion, said: "Oxford has a long tradition of being a diverse and humane city, and our reputation is tarnished by honouring those who turn a blind eye to violence.

"We hope that today we have added our small voice to others calling for human rights and justice for the Rohingya people."    (BBC)

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