Oxford City Council strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

  • Oxford City Council strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

Oxford City Council strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honour

It comes after councillors were advised they did not need additional powers to remove a name from the roll of honour.

A cross-party motion was unanimously supported at a special county council meeting in Oxford Town Hall.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday there had been an erosion of trust and understanding between communities of Rakhine state, but did not refer to the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled since a military crackdown there.

Ms Suu Kyi studied PPE (politics, philosophy and economics) at St Hugh's college in Oxford, graduating with a third class degree in 1967.

Myanmar is in the worldwide spotlight this week as Pope Francis makes the first visit by a head of the Roman Catholic church to the Buddhist-majority country.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate and champion of democracy who for years faced down the junta that long ruled her country, has faced condemnation from around the globe for expressing doubts about reports of rights abuses against the Rohingya and failing to condemn the military.

The UN has called the current violence against the Muslim Rohingya minority in the Buddhist country "a textbook example of genocide". However, global human rights advocates hoped the Nobel Laureate would use her moral authority to speak out on behalf of the Rohingya.

"Aung San Suu Kyi has denied any ethnic cleansing and dismissed numerous claims of sexual violence against Rohingya women as 'fake rape, '" Councilor Mary Clarkson said in a statement posted on Twitter.

Two weeks ago Sir Bob Geldof returned his Freedom of the City of Dublin in protest at it also being held by Ms Suu Kyi.

She added that the reputation of the city was being "tarnished" by "honouring those who turn a blind eye to violence".