Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Oxford over Rohingya violence


Suu Kyi's atrocities targeting Myanmar's Muslim minority are so egregious that she shot past other nominated global Islamophobes, U.S. President Donald Trump, French far-right party National Front leader Marie Le Pen, and Dutch far-right Freedoms Party leader Geert Wilders.

The Oxford City Council voted unanimously to take the "unprecedented" step of revoking the city's highest honor, the Freedom of the City of Oxford, that was bestowed upon her in 1997.

The United States and the United Nations have accused Myanmar of "ethnic cleansing" and called for the military to be held accountable over allegations of killings, rape and arson that sent more than 620,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke on Tuesday said the Pope Francis has met army chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the "freedom of the city" in 1997, in recognition of her pro-democracy activism.

"Of the many challenges that our government has been facing, the situation in Rakhine has most strongly captured the attention of the world", Suu Kyi said in a speech at a ceremony to welcome Pope Francis in the capital, Naypyitaw, on the second day of his visit to the country.

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The council of Oxford city made a decision to remove the honour saying that it does not celebrate 'those who turn a blind eye to violence'.

In October, Suu Kyi's portrait was removed from public display at the Oxford college.

In a special council meeting at Oxford Town Hall, councillors unanimously supported a cross-party motion removing the privilege from the Nobel peace prize victor. But despite winning a supermajority in Myanmar's 2015 elections, violence towards the unrecognised Rohingya minority in the country has continued under her leadership, drawing global criticism.

"We hope that today we have added our small voice to others calling for human rights and justice for the Rohingya people".

Michael Aris, Suu Kyi's former husband, lived in Oxford and her children grew up there.