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Suu Kyi's award suspended by UK union

Suu Kyi's award suspended by UK union

One of Britain's largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar's humanitarian crisis, reports UNB. The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar's oppressive military junta, reports The Guardian. Unison, the country's second largest trade union, announced that it is to suspend Suu Kyi's honorary membership, and urged Myanmar's de facto leader to do more to denounce the plight of the country's Rohingya people. "The situation facing the Rohingya of Myanmar is appalling," Margaret McKee, Unison's president, told the Guardian. "Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary membership of Unison has been suspended, and we hope that she responds to international pressure." Bristol University, one of a string of universities that awarded honorary degrees to the Burmese leader during her time in opposition, also said it was reviewing its award in light of accusations of brutal mistreatment of the Rohingya, described by the UN as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". "The university shares the growing concern with the ongoing situation in Myanmar," a spokesperson for Bristol university said. "In 1998 we awarded an honorary degree of doctor of laws to Dr Aung San Suu Kyi, who at the time was leading the struggle for human rights and democracy in the then Burma. "In terms of this award it would be wrong to make any decision at this time to consider revoking such an honour but we will continue to monitor and review the situation as necessary." The London School of Economics student union said it would be stripping the former political prisoner of her honorary presidency. "We will be actively removing Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary presidency as a symbol of our opposition to her current position and inaction in the face of genocide," said Mahatir Pasha, the union's general secretary. Over the last 30 years Aung San Suu Kyi has been awarded with honorary degrees from several UK universities including Glasgow, Bath and Cambridge, as well as the freedom of several cities, and other honours. Oxford councillors have announced that they may reconsider the freedom of the city of Oxford awarded to Aung San Suu Kyi in 1997 at next month's council meeting.

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