City of London Vote On Aung San Suu Kyi

A vote to remove Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom of the City of London was passed yesterday in the Court of Common Council, this body will now write to the Myanmar leader and await her reply before deciding whether to proceed. It doesn’t look like Ian Paisley Jr, paedophile Keith Harding or other unsavory characters will have their Freedom of the City of London removed any time soon, since even Suu Kyi is hanging on to hers for now. Press coverage today in City A.M., The Evening Standard and City Matters made it clear that those opposing the move to strip Suu Kyi of this ‘honour’ included top freemasons Jamie Ingham Clark and Chris Hayward.

City A.M. summarised Clark’s position with these words: “while he sympathised with the plight of the Rohingya people, ‘we are an institution that takes the long view’ and the Corporation should not become involved in ‘gesture politics’.” While according to City Matters, Hayward’s take was: “that whenever the court made awards of freedoms to high-profile international recipients it was done with the the knowledge and consent of the Foreign Office. He added he was unaware of any wish from it to revoke the honour, saying revoking it “won’t save one single life, which is a great, great sadness.” According to press reports Queenhithe maverick Brian Mooney also opposed the motion. It is interesting to note the debate was also covered in a less nuanced manner by the Turkish news outlet Anadolu Agency:

Citing the “shocking humanitarian abuses” carried out against ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar, authorities in the city of London are moving to revoke an honor given to the country’s leader.

Members of the City of London Corporation – the municipal governing body of the City of London financial/historical capital – on Thursday triggered a process to revoke Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary freedom award, given in 2017, said a statement by the corporation.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize winner, has been accused of complicity in the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population. Her silence on the issue has attracted severe criticism from across the globe.

“The City of London Corporation condemns the shocking humanitarian abuses carried out in Myanmar, and has already written to the Ambassador for Burma to express its profound concern about the current situation in his country,” the statement said.

The corporation said it would write to Suu Kyi to tell her of its move and “consider her response before a final decision is made.”

City of London moves to revoke award from Suu Kyi. Humanitarian abuses against Rohingya in Myanmar lead City of London to move to revoke 2017 honor by Riyaz ul Khaliq, Anadolu Agency, 11 January 2019. Read the full piece here: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/city-of-london-moves-to-revoke-award-from-suu-kyi/1362127

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