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Oxford takes Freedom of Oxford award from Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of her prestigious Oxford award amid allegations Myanmar has been carrying out ethnic cleansing.

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The leader of Myanmar has had her "Freedom of Oxford" taken away after a vote by the council.

She is an alumna of St Hugh's College and was previously given an honorary degree.

More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled her country to to Bangladesh following recent violence.

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price said he supported the "unprecedented step" to remove her honour.

He said that people are "absolutely appalled" by the situation in Myanmar and added it was "extraordinary" she had not spoken out about reported atrocities in the country.

She was given the freedom of the city in 1997, when she was held as a political prisoner by Myanmar’s military.

Aung San Suu Kyi was widely praised and given the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 as leader of the opposition.


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