Oxford college no to Suu Kyi name

The students at a Oxford University college where Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove her name from the title of their Junior Common Room for her inability to condemn severe human rights abuses against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

By Reuters in London
  • Published 21.10.17
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Aung San Suu Kyi

London: The students at a Oxford University college where Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove her name from the title of their Junior Common Room for her inability to condemn severe human rights abuses against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Students of St Hugh's College yesterday voted to remove the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's name from the junior common room with immediate effect.

"Suu Kyi's inability to condemn the mass murder, gang rape and severe human rights abuses in Rakhine is inexcusable and unacceptable.

"She has gone against the very principles and ideals she had once righteously promoted," the college resolution read.

"We must condemn Aung San Suu Kyi's silence and complicity on this issue and her condonation of the human rights offences is her own land," it notes.

Suu Kyi had graduated from St Hugh's in 1967 and was granted an honorary doctorate from the university in 2012.

The JCR resolution by undergraduates at her former alma mater becomes the latest move against the de-facto leader of Myanmar by UK institutions to revoke honours bestowed upon her in the wake of the Rohingya crisis, which has displaced tens of thousands from their homes as they flee to safety across the border to Bangladesh. Last month, a portrait of the leader hanging prominently at the entrance of St Hugh's College was moved into storage.