Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was officially stripped of her “Freedom of Oxford” title on Monday evening for her handling of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, AFP reported.
In an unanimous decision, the Oxford City Council voted to strip Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto head of state, of the award she received in 1997 and collected in 2012 after spending 15 years under house arrest, Al Jazeera reported.
“It was right to give the Freedom of the City to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997 in recognition of her long struggle for democracy and her personal links to Oxford,” the cross party motion read, according to The Independent. The motion said Suu Kyi had not responded to the council’s letter calling on her to “do whatever she can to stop the ethnic cleansing in her country”.
The Oxford City Council awards the honorary title to people who have rendered eminent services. Suu Kyi was given the honour for her pro-democracy activism.
Lakhs of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August after violence broke out in Rakhine state. Rohingyas have been denied citizenship in Myanmar and are classified as illegal immigrants. The community has been subjected to violence by the Buddhist majority and the Army in Myanmar, though the country has repeatedly denied this claim.
UN committee seeks report on rape, death of Rohingya women
On Tuesday, a United Nations women’s rights panel asked the Myanmar government to report on sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls by its security forces in northern Rakhine, Reuters reported. It has given six months’ time to submit the findings.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has also asked authorities for details on women and girls killed since the Army crackdown began in late August.