Glasgow Withdraws offer of “freedom of the city” from Aung San Suu Kyi Over Rohingya Crisis

The leader of Myanmar has failed to defend the Rohingya, a minority who have suffered rape and murder at the hands of the sovereign state’s security forces.

Glasgow’s offer of freedom of the city has been stripped from the leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi.




Glasgow City Council voted to remove the offer after Aung San Suu Kyi had been criticised for failing to defend the Rohingya, who have suffered rape and murder at the hands of the sovereign state’s security forces.

This year tens of thousands Rohingya have had to escape Myanmar which is a mostly Buddhist state.

An announcement of GCC’s decision was posted on Twitter this afternoon (November 2).

The offer was first put to Ms Suu Kyi ten years ago while she was being detained as a political prisoner by Myanmar’s military junta

A motion was initially put forward by councillor Soryia Siddique to remove the offer.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander said: “It’s with great sadness that Glasgow City Council decided today to withdraw the honour of Freedom of the City from Aung San Suu Kyi.

“This honour was offered, in absentia, to the current State Counsellor of Myanmar while she was under house arrest as Burma’s pro-democracy leader in March 2009.

“I and the Leader, Councillor Susan Aitken, recently wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi voicing the city’s concerns about the human rights atrocities occurring in Myanmar, Rohingya and Rhakine and urging her to intervene. The response we received was disappointing.
“This decision has not been taken lightly.”




Councillor Soryia Siddique who moved today’s motion to withdraw the FoC said: “In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar of the Rohingya people, various UK cities have revoked the Freedom of the City from Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I’m delighted that there was cross-party support for my motion to withdraw Glasgow’s offer of the honour of the Freedom of the City from Aung San Suu Kyi. The city’s reputation could have been tarnished by continuing to honour those turning a blind eye to violence.”

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