Suu Kyi stripped of ‘Freedom of Oxford’

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Image caption Aung San Suu Kyi has confronted criticism for failing to address accusations of ethnic cleansing

An honor granting Aung San Suu Kyi the Freedom of Oxford continues to be withdrawn by the city’s council due to her response to the Rohingya problems.

The de facto leader of Myanmar was given the honour in 1997 on her “long struggle for democracy”.

But a motion in order to Oxford City Council said it had been “no longer appropriate” for her to keep it.

More than half several Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh following recent assault.

The trouble erupted on twenty five August when Rohingya militants bombarded security posts , triggering the military crackdown.

Microsoft Suu Kyi spent years below house arrest in Rangoon being a campaigner for democracy while Myanmar (formerly Burma) was ruled with a military dictatorship.

The lady became a worldwide figurehead for independence before leading her National Little league for Democracy party to victory within open elections in November 2015.

‘Absolutely appalled’

But her failing to denounce the military or even address allegations of ethnic cleansing has been criticised by world frontrunners and groups such as Amnesty International.

Various other organisations are now reconsidering honours provided to Ms Suu Kyi, BBC entire world affairs editor John Simpson mentioned.

“I think it is flawlessly natural to look around for methods for saying we disapprove utterly associated with what you are doing, ” he informed BBC Radio Oxford.

Oxford City Council leader Frank Price supported the motion to eliminate her honour and confirmed it had been an “unprecedented step” for the nearby authority.

People are “absolutely appalled” by the situation in Myanmar, he said, adding it was “extraordinary” she had not spoken out regarding reported atrocities in the country.

Last week it emerged St Hugh’s College, Oxford, had removed a family portrait of Ms Suu Kyi from display.

Suu Kyi and Oxford

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Image caption Aung San Suu Kyi wedded Oxford academic Michael Aris within 1972 and raised their household in the city
  • Ms Suu Kyi look over philosophy, politics and economics in St Hugh’s College, Oxford through 1964 to 1967
  • In 1972 she married Michael Aris , the senior research fellow in Tibetan and Himalayan studies at Saint Antony’s College
  • They lived together within the city with their 2 sons Kim and Alexander
  • Oxford awarded her the Freedom associated with Oxford in 1997
  • She obtained an honorary degree in the University of Oxford in 2012