Aung San Suu Kyi To Be Stripped Of Freedom Of Oxford Over Response To Rohingya Crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi will be stripped of the Freedom of Oxford following mass condemnation of her response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

The de facto leader of the country, Nobel peace prize winner and former Oxford student was granted the honour in 1997.

But she has failed to address accusations of ethnic cleansing amid more than half a million Rohingya Muslims being driven out of their homes by the military.

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Oxford City Council ruled to withdraw her freedom of the city, with council leader Bob Price saying she was ‘no longer worthy’ of it, the BBC reported.

The decision could still be reversed, depending on developments in Myanmar, before a meeting next month when the honour will be formally taken away.

Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of Oxford over response to Rohingya crisis
Rohingya Muslims have been forced into makeshift camps in Bangladesh (Picture: AP)
Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of Oxford over response to Rohingya crisis
Ms Suu Kyi is ”no longer worthy’ of the Freedom of Oxford, the council said (Picture: AP)

Ms Suu Kyi studied philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh’s College from 1964 to 1967, and was later given an honorary degree by the university in 2012.

She was held as a political prisoners for years but became a symbol of democracy after her release.

Although barred from becoming president, her National League for Democracy party won the election in 2015 and she was named state counsellor.

Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of Oxford over response to Rohingya crisis
Children have been forced out of their homes and now queue for food (Picture: EPA)

However, her apparent refusal to condemn the violence in Myanmar has led to widespread condemnation from across the world.

She even appeared to defend the crisis, which erupted in August and has seen Muslims flee Myanmar for Bangladesh, claiming that ‘more than half’ of villages were not affected.

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