UPDATED 05.28PM IST

Share This
  • UK |
  • India |
  • USA |
  • Canada |
  • Mauritius
  •    info@mayatoday.com
Deepak Dogra
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad
  • ad

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford' honour

  • Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford' honour

Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the "Freedom of Oxford" award by the city's council, over her failure to speak out on abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya.

In a unanimous decision on Monday evening, Oxford City Council voted to strip the Burmese State Counsellor of the award she received in 1997 and collected personally in 2012, after 15 years under house arrest.

"It was right to give the Freedom of the City to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997 in recognition of her long struggle for democracy and her personal links to Oxford," the cross-party motion read.

But, according to the motion, she had not responded to the council's letter calling on her to "do whatever she can to stop the ethnic cleansing in her country".

More than 600,000 members of the largely-Muslim Rohingya ethnic group have fled to Bangladesh, after Myanmar's military launched a campaign ostensibly aimed at eradicating Rohingya armed groups.

Those who have fled describe a campaign of killing, rape, and destruction, accounts that have been backed by human rights groups and journalists working in the region.

Aung San Suu Kyi has yet to recognise that atrocities are taking place and has not spoken out against the Burmese military.

Labour party councillor Mary Clarkson said the City of Oxford would not turn a "blind eye" to the ongoing violence in Myanmar.

"The burning of [Rohingya] villages has been independently confirmed by satellite images, and the UN has called the situation 'a textbook example of genocide', yet Aung San Suu Kyi has denied any ethnic cleansing and dismissed numerous claims of sexual violence against Rohingya women as 'fake rape'."

 


: November 28, 2017 4:20 pm
Read 447 times

RELATED STORIES

'Barley key to refreshing flavour of beer'
'Barley key to refreshing flavour of beer'

After red wine, beer is believed to be the drink of choice for feeling relaxed. But what makes a per

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford' honour
Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of 'Freedom of Oxford' honour

Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the "Freedom of Oxford" award by the city's coun

London buses to be powered by coffee
London buses to be powered by coffee

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the publ

Queen Elizabeth appoints 1st woman in 650 years to top job in Houses of Parliament
Queen Elizabeth appoints 1st woman in 650 years to top job in Houses of Parliament

British Queen Elizabeth II approved Friday the appointment of Sarah Clarke as the new Black Rod in t

'Russian Twitter accounts meddled in 2016 Brexit vote'
'Russian Twitter accounts meddled in 2016 Brexit vote'

In a startling revelation, a group of data scientists has found 156,252 Russian accounts on Twitter

Smart Roads Could Power Street Lamps, Electric Cars
Smart Roads Could Power Street Lamps, Electric Cars

Researchers in Britain are working on smart materials that when embedded in road surfaces would be a

Tube attack: British terrorism threat level lowered
Tube attack: British terrorism threat level lowered

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that Britain’s terrorism threat level has been lowered

Explosion reported on London Tube train
Explosion reported on London Tube train

Police say they're dealing with reports of an explosion on a London Underground train.Ambulance

Comment*

Captcha* mayatoday
share on facebook
Advertisement
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner
  • banner