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British trade unions suspend Aung San Suu Kyi accolade for Myanmar crises | World Press Releases
Aung San Suu Kyi has received an accolade from one of the UK's biggest labour organisations during her term as a detainee, as her lukewarm reaction to the Myanmar human rights situation becomes increasingly critical internationally. This step comes as some UK authorities say they are investigating or eliminating Aung San Suu Kyi during their Myanmar repressive army junta democratic drive.
Unison, the country's second biggest labor organization, threatened to abandon Suu Kyi's voluntary affiliation and called on Myanmar's de facto leaders to do more to condemn the Rohingya's hardship. The University of Bristol, one of several colleges that honored the Myanmar female head during her tenure in the opposition, also said it was investigating her awards in the face of allegations of brutal Rohingya abuse, described by the UN as a "textbook example of ethnical cleansing".
"Myanmar universities share the increasing concerns about the continuing state of affairs in Myanmar," said a Bristol spokesman. "In 1998, we conferred an honorable doctorate on Dr. Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the fight for peace and democratization in what was then Burma.
She was deprived of her honour as a former captive politician, the London School of Economics students' association said. "We will be active in cancelling Aung San Suu Kyi's honorable chairmanship as a sign of our rejection of her present stance and inactivity in the face of genocide," said Mahatir Pasha, the union's general secretary. l.
In the last 30 years Aung San Suu Kyi has received honourary titles from several British colleges, among them Glasgow, Bath and Cambridge, as well as liberty from several towns and other awards. The Oxford Municipal Councils have said they could rethink the freedoms of the town of Oxford granted to Aung San Suu Kyi at next month's Oxford Municipal Assembly in 1997.
"If nothing changes, it is very likely that the councillor will take away the city's freedom," John Tanner, Oxford Councillor's executive, said to Oxford Mail. After studying at St. Hugh's College in the 1960', Aung San Suu Kyi has a strong connection with the town of Oxford.
In 1993 Oxford granted Aung San Suu Kyi an honorary degree, but it was not until 2012 that she received it. Aung San Suu Kyi received Nobel Peace Award and recognition as Myanmar's political opponent in 1991. One of the opponents was Malala Yousafzai, herself a Nobel peace award winner, who at the beginning of this months urged Aung San Suu Kyi to denounce the "tragic and shameful" way in which the Rohingya had been treated after the violent events that had claimed the lives of several hundred people.
Premier Theresa May was under repression after Myanmar's armed services were charged with evicting tens of tens of thousands of Rohingya. "We are very worried about what is going on with the Rohingya people," May said, urging Aung San Suu Kyi "to make it very clear that the armed struggle should stop".
The United Kingdom on Tuesday declared that it would suspend the Ministry of Defense'until this problem is resolved'. However, in a address this weekend, Aung San Suu Kyi neglected to strongly denounce the armed services, claiming instead that "since September 5 there have been no conflict and no eviction operations" against the country's Islamic population.
As Amnesty International put it, the talk was a "mixture of falsehoods and sacrifices".