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Councillors vote to revoke award from Aung San Suu Kyi

Councillors vote to revoke award from Aung San Suu Kyi”

Forty-nine councillors voted in favour of rescinding the award due to Suu Kyi's "complicity" in human rights abuses.

Mrs Suu Kyi - a Nobel Peace Prize victor - has faced growing global pressure over her handling of the plight of Rohingya Muslims in her country.

Bob Geldof returns his Freedom of Dublin city scroll to City Hall Dublin.

Independent Councillor Mannix Flynn defended Mr Geldof's actions, observing: "We are taking Aung San Suu Kyi because she's silent - Bob Geldof is coming off because he's not silent".

However, the meeting was adjourned before the issue was reached. Following that meeting, U2 also wrote to councillors urging them to rescind the award.

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Ms Suu Kyi has been accused of ignoring the persecution of Rohingya Muslims; more than half a million have fled to Bangladesh following recent violence.

Aung San Suu Kyi holds a position similar to Prime Minister in Myanmar (formerly Burma) but the military still controls the country. He added that it was "nothing to do with any personalities who may have flown in and flown out to give their views on it".

Some 59 councillors tonight voted to revoked her Freedom of Dublin City, with two opposed and one abstaining.

Suu Kyi has identified economic reform as a key goal to complete Myanmar's democratic transition after decades of isolation under military rule, but the sluggish pace of change has disappointed many in one of the region's poorest countries. Ms Suu Kyi has denied this accusation from the United Nations, saying that the crackdown in the Rakhine state in western Myanmar was aimed at rooting out violent militants.

Myanmar's police and army launched a violent crackdown in the northern Rakhine state following attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts in August.

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