Oxford city has withdrawn the honour it bestowed on the disgraced Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in reaction to her complicity in the genocide of Rohingya Muslims.
The ‘Freedom of Oxford’ had been granted to the disgraced Nobel Peace Laureate in 1997 for her “long struggle for democracy” by the Oxford City Council.
This was after a cross-party motion was unanimously passed by the council on Monday which said it was “no longer appropriate” for her to hold the honour.
Oxford City Council leader Bob Price supported the motion to remove her honour and confirmed it was an “unprecedented step” for the local authority.
The city council will hold a special meeting to confirm that the honour is removed on 27 November, reported PTI.
The latest humiliation on international platform comes just days after Oxford University removed Suu Kyi’s portrait amidst raging condemnation of her role in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims by Buddhist terrorists and Burmese army.
The university had replaced her portrait with one by Japanese artist Yoshihiro Takada. Communications manager Benjamin Jones said that the portrait had been moved to a “secure location” while Takada’s piece was to be displayed “for a period”.
The university has chosen not to comment on the reason for removing Suu Kyi’s painting. Suu Kyi was previously awarded an honourary degree by Oxford University in the past. The university has said that it was not considering removing the degree conferred on her.
There have been demands for the Nobel Committee to withdraw the Nobel honours conferred on her during her house arrest for 15 years by the Burmese Junta.
More than 4,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape brutal persecution by Buddhist terrorists and Burmese army, enjoying support of Suu Kyi. More than 400 Rohingyas have been murdered in the latest spate of violence so far.
The United Nations too have called it ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the most persecuted race in the world. Once admired by millions from around the world for her fight for justice, Suu Kyi has acted disgracefully while also exposing herself as a bigot and Islam hater. Last year, she had reportedly expressed her disgust on being interviewed by a Muslim journalist from BBC. It was after Mishal Hussain of BBC interviewed her on the plight of Rohingyas in Myanmar.