Sir Bob is returning his Dublin honour
Irish rock singer Sir Bob Geldof says he is returning his Freedom of the City of Dublin honour because it is also held by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of complicity for what he and others, including the UN, call “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims in the Asian nation.
The founder of Live Aid says Suu Kyi is a “handmaiden to genocide” whose association with Ireland’s capital “shames us all.”
Suu Kyi is a Nobel peace laureate for her leadership of the democracy movement in Myanmar but she has come under widespread criticism as her country’s civilian leader because of violence that has caused the Rohingya minority to flee the country.
In a statement, Geldof says he is a “proud Dubliner” and does not want the ceremonial title while Suu Kyi also holds it. He says that “her association with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by default.”
Suu Kyi was awarded the Dublin honour in 1999.