Rohingya genocide: Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Edinburgh award

London: Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of Freedom of Edinburgh award for her criminal silence over Rohingya Muslim genocide and refusal to condemn the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar.

It must be noted that this is the seventh honour that the former Nobel peace prize winner has been stripped of over the past year over refusal to act over violence committed by Myanmar military against Rohingya.

It is being urged to strip her of the Nobel Peace prize as well. Aung San Suu Kyi had been presented Freedom of Edinburgh Award in 2005 for peace and democracy. Recently Oxford, Glasgow and Newcastle also revoked Suu Kyi’s Freedom of the City awards.

As State counsellor in Myanmar, Suu Kyi has repeatedly refused to speak out against violence committed by the military against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which saw more than 700,000 people flee over the border to Bangladesh. The crackdown, which began in August last years, saw villages razed to the ground, tens of thousands killed and women assaulted and raped at the hands of the military. The United Nations have said the violence amounted to “ethnic cleansing”.