Speaking out against Aung San Suu Kyi

Nobel laureate Tutu, singer and activist Bono lead chorus of protests

17:28 November 14, 2017

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu:

“For years I had a photograph of you on my desk to remind me of the injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar’s people. You symbolised righteousness. Your emergence into public life allayed our concerns about violence being perpetrated against members of the Rohingya. But what some have called ‘ethnic cleansing’ and others ‘a slow genocide’ has persisted – and recently accelerated. It is incongruous for a symbol of righteousness to lead such a country. If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep.”

Bono and U2

The Irish bank whose frontman Bono is a recipient of the Freedom of Dublin honour as well as Bob Geldof, has criticised the 72-year-old Mayanmar in a lengthy statement on their website. The band wrote: “The violence and terror being visited on the Rohingya people are appalling atrocities and must stop. Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence is starting to look a lot like assent.”

Oxford city council

Oxford city council voted unanimously to support a cross-party motion that said it was “no longer appropriate” to celebrate the de facto leader of Myanmar with the Freedom of Oxford. The council is to hold a special meeting to confirm the honour’s removal on 27 November.

St Hugh’s College, Oxford

The Oxford college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied recently removed her portrait from public display. The governing body of St Hugh’s college decided to remove the painting of the Nobel laureate from its main entrance.

Trade union Unison

Unison, the UK’s second largest trade union, announced last month that it would suspend an honourary membership and urged her to do more to denounce the plight of the Rohingya people.

Bristol University

In southwest England, Bristol University is one of a string of universities that awarded honourary degrees to the Burmese leader during her time in opposition, also said it was reviewing its award in light of accusations of brutal mistreatment of the Rohingya.


The London School of Economics student union said it would be stripping Aung San Suu Kyi of her honourary presidency.