City of London councillors have voted in favour of removing the honorary freedom award granted to Aung San Suu Kyi over her failure to condemn atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Yesterday City Corporation’s prime legislative body, the court of common council, voted in favour of a motion proposed by councillor Munsur Ali starting the process of revoking the award.
I signed the motion and spoke in favour at the Council meeting for the City of London to follow other cities such as Oxford and Dublin to revoke the award on the grounds that Suu Kyi has failed to speak out or condemn the atrocities committed by the country’s military against the Muslim Rohingya people. These are not historic events, they are happening as we speak.
The City of London granted Suu Kyi the honorary freedom award in May 2017 – the highest honour the Corporation can bestow upon an individual. With this vote the Council has now indicated this was a mistake.
The freedom applications committee will now write to Suu Kyi to inform her of the proposal to revoke the award and will consider her response before a final decision is made.
Previously the City Corporation urged by the Court had already condemned the shocking humanitarian abuses carried out in Myanmar, and wrote to the ambassador to express its profound concern about the current situation in his country.