03 October, London
An honour bestowed on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the city of Oxford has been withdrawn as a reaction to her perceived inadequate response to the plight of Rohingya Muslims in the country.
The ‘Freedom of Oxford’ had been granted to the de facto leader of Myanmar in 1997 for her “long struggle for democracy” by the Oxford City Council.
A cross-party motion was unanimously passed by the council yesterday which said it is 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 is an unprecedented step for the local authority.
The city council will hold a special meeting to confirm that the honour is removed on the 27th of next month.
Nearly 500,000 people belonging to Myanmar’s Rohingya minority have been displaced after violence allegedly instigated by the country’s military, causing a major humanitarian crisis.
Suu Kyi has been Myanmar’s State Counsellor, a position similar to Prime Minister, since April, 2016.