Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour over Rohingya repression


Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honour granting her the Freedom of the City of Oxford over her response to the repression of her countrys Rohingya Muslims.

The Oxford city council voted unanimously to permanently remove the honour given to Suu Kyi in 1997 and said it did not want to celebrate “those who turn a blind eye to violence”.Oxford councillors had previously voted to support a cross-party motion to remove the award and made the decision official in a vote on Monday evening, the Guardian reported.

The vote comes as Myanmar’s powerful Army Chief told visiting Pope Francis there is “no religious discrimination” in Myanmar.

Councillor Mary Clarkson, who proposed the motion, said: “When Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City in 1997 it was because she reflected Oxford’s tolerance and internationalism.