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Monday 20 May 2019

Councillors vote to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom of Dublin

Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi

Allison Bray

Dublin City Councillors have voted overwhelmingly to revoke Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom of the city.

It has also been decided to accept Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof's decision to hand back the honour in protest at the fact Suu Kyi was still a recipient of the award.

Suu Kyi has faced widespread criticism over her country's treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

During a heated debate amongst city councillors, the council voted 33 in favour of officially rescinding the honour it granted to Geldof in 2005 for his humanitarian work, with seven councillors opposed and five abstaining.

Bob Geldof returns his Freedom of Dublin city scroll to City Hall Dublin.
Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Bob Geldof returns his Freedom of Dublin city scroll to City Hall Dublin. Pic: Justin Farrelly.

Meanwhile, councillors voted 97.1pc in favour of stripping Suu Kyi of the honour it bestowed on her while she was under house arrest in her native Burma. She received the award in 2012.

Forty-nine councillors voted in favour of rescinding the award due to Suu Kyi's "complicity" in human rights abuses.

On Tuesday U2 penned a letter to councillors urging them to strip Suu Kyi of the honour. 

Independent Councillor Cieran Perry welcomed the removal of the honour.

“The daily oppression of the Rohingya people cannot be allowed to continue and if the revoking of this honour contributes to the pressure on the Burmese Government to respect their fellow citizens it is to be welcomed," he said.

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