Aung San Suu Kyi, in her latest speech, failed to criticize to the military forces for humanitarian crisis in Myanmar where Muslim minorities, Rohingyas were massacred and tens of thousands of affected people were forces to migrate to the neighboring Bangladesh. Suu Kyi claimed in her speech that there had been “no conflicts since 5 September and no clearance operations” against the country’s Muslim minority.
There is growing pressure among the world leaders to denounce and rubbish her claims. Amnesty International called the speech a “mix of untruths and victim-blaming”.
UK’s prime minister, Theresa May said, “We are very concerned about what’s happening to the Rohingya people”. She further called on Aung San Suu Kyi “to make it very clear that the military action should stop”.
There have been a number institutes in UK that have stripped or is likely to strip Suu Kyi from the honorary position designated to her.
UK’s second largest trade union, Unison, announced that the honorary membership of Kyi has been suspended. They also urged her to do more in denouncing the plight of Rohingya people.
Bristol University, which awarded Suu Kyi with the honorary degree, has been reviewing the award. “The university shares the growing concern with the ongoing situation in Myanmar,” a spokesperson for Bristol university said.“In 1998 we awarded an honorary degree of doctor of laws to Dr Aung San Suu Kyi, who at the time was leading the struggle for human rights and democracy in the then Burma.
“In terms of this award it would be wrong to make any decision at this time to consider revoking such an honour but we will continue to monitor and review the situation as necessary.”
The London School of Economics is following the trail as they are considering stripping Suu Kyi of honorary presidency she holds for the institute.“We will be actively removing Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary presidency as a symbol of our opposition to her current position and inaction in the face of genocide,” said Mahatir Pasha, the union’s general secretary.
Oxford councillors have announced that they may reconsider the freedom of the city of Oxford awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997 at next month’s council meeting.
“If nothing changes, I think it is very likely that the city council will be stripping her of the freedom of the city,” said John Tanner, an Oxford council board member.
Thus, UK with strong Muslim population has risen up to the occasion of denouncing Aung San Suu Kyi. Clearly, Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate and holder honorary position in several institutes and prestigious world bodies, has disappointed the whole world by supporting inhuman acts of genocide to keep her in a politically safe position. If this continues, sooner or later, there is every chance that even her Noble Prize can be stripped from her. She is caught between rock and a hard place, and she has to make her mind quickly of what her priorities are.