Global pres­sure on Suu Kyi ris­ing

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - —STORY BY AFP, AP AND REUTERS

As Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat close to him, UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res said late on Mon­day that the un­fold­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in her coun­try could cause re­gional in­sta­bil­ity and rad­i­cal­iza­tion. The con­ser­va­tive As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions re­fused to dis­cuss the cri­sis in a strong, crit­i­cal man­ner, but at least two lead­ers raised the is­sue.

DUBLIN— Ir­ish mu­si­cian and ac­tivist Bob Geldof called Myan­mar leader Aung San Suu Kyi “a hand­maiden to geno­cide” on Mon­day as he re­turned his Free­dom of the City of Dublin award in protest over his fel­low re­cip­i­ent’s re­sponse to the re­pres­sion of Ro­hingya Mus­lims.

“I don’t want to be on a very se­lect roll of won­der­ful peo­ple with a killer,” Geldof told state broad­caster RTE. “Some­onewhois at best a hand­maiden to geno­cide and an ac­com­plice to mur­der.”

More than 600,000 Mus­lims from Myan­mar’s Rakhine state have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh af­ter mil­i­tary oper­a­tions de­scribed by the United Na­tions as eth­nic cleans­ing.

Their plight has drawn ou­trage around the world.

Fail­ure to speak out

But Suu Kyi, long seen as a cham­pion of hu­man rights, has been crit­i­cized for fail­ing to speak out against the vi­o­lence.

There have been calls for her to be stripped of the No­bel Peace Prize she won in 1991.

Suu Kyi was given the Free­dom of Dublin in 1999 while she was held un­der house ar­rest by Myan­mar’s then mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment.

She re­ceived her award at a re­cep­tion in Ire­land in 2012, two years af­ter her re­lease.

“Her as­so­ci­a­tion with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by de­fault. We hon­ored her, now she ap­palls and shames us,” Geldof said in a state­ment.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Don­n­cha, said the city coun­cil had discussed tak­ing away the honor and the mat­ter was still un­der re­view.

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