Oxford University has removed a portrait of the disgraced Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi amidst raging condemnation of her role in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims by Buddhist terrorists and Burmese army.
The university has now replaced her portrait with one by Japanese artist Yoshihiro Takada, reported BBC. 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.
Suu Kyi, a former political prisoner, has been widely condemned for her role in the continuous massacres of Rohingyas by Burmese army and Buddhist terrorists in Rakhine state bordering Bangladesh. She has been the de facto leader of Myanmar since winning the elections in 2015.
Earlier this month, she had said that she did not fear “international scrutiny.” In her first national address on Tuesday, Suu Kyi said that most Muslims had not fled the state and that violence had ceased.
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.