Since the partial restoration of democracy in 2015, Ms Suu Kyi has served as “State Councillor” and de facto leader of the country even though the military junta still holds sway over large parts of the country’s administration.
Following a string of coordinated terror attacks on police stations in Rakhine by a militant group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, in August the army began a severe crackdown on the ethnic minority – forcing many to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Many Burmese people consider the Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim in the majority Buddhist country, to be the descendants of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh but the minority say they can trace their roots back to the ancient Arakan civilisation.
1/10:Rohingya refugee Mohamed Jabair, 21, reveals the burns on his bod, which he said he sustained when his house was set on fire in Myanmar:EUTERS/Jorge Silva
2/10 :Refugee Momtaz Begum, 30, at Balukhali refugee camp. Begum told how soldiers came to her village demanding valuables.After beating her, they locked her inside her house and set the roof on fire. She escaped to find her three sons dead and her daughter beaten and bleeding :REUTERS/Jorge Silva
3/10Imam Hossain, 42, sleeps at Kutupalang refugee camp, near Cox’s Bazar. Hossain said he was returning home after teaching at a madrassa in his village when three men attacked him with knives : REUTERS/Jorge Silva
4/10 :Rohingya refugee Setara Begum, 12, at Nayapara refugee camp. The home of Begum and her siblings was hit by a rocket. The young girl received no treatment for the severe burns to her feet. Her feet healed but she has no toes. Her mother said: ‘She has been mute from that day, and doesn’t speak to anyone. She only cries silently’:REUTERS/Jorge Silva
5/10:Mohamed Heron, 6, and his brother Mohamed Akter, 4, show the burns on their bodies at Kutupalong refugee camp. The boys’ uncle said the burns resulted from Myanmar’s armed forces firing rockets at their village :Reuters
6/10 :Kalabarow, 50, at Leda refugee camp, in Bangladesh. Kalabarow said her husband, daughter and son were killed when soldiers fired on her village in Maungdaw. She was hit and lay on the floor pretending to be dead for several hours before a grandson found her. During their journey to Bangladesh, a village doctor amputated her :REUTERS/Jorge Silva
7/10 :Ansar Allah, 11, at Leda refugee camp in Bangladesh. Allah showed a large scar – the result of a gunshot wound. His mother Samara said: ‘They sprayed us with bullets, as our house was burning’ :REUTERS/Jorge Silva
8/10:Anwara Begum, 36, at Kutupalang refugee camp, near Cox’s Bazar. Begum said she woke to find her home in Maungdaw township in flames:REUTERS/Jorge Silva
9/10:Abdu Rahaman, 73, at Leda refugee camp in Bangladesh. Rahaman, a merchant from Maungdaw, was ambushed while walking on a mountain path with other refugees. A machete thrown at his feet severed three toes:REUTERS/Jorge Silva
10/10: Nur Kamal, 17, described how soldiers assaulted him after they found him hiding in his home in Maungdaw. His uncle found him unconscious in a pool of blood. It took them two weeks to get to Bangladesh. Kamal said: ‘We want the international community to help us obtain justice’ : REUTERS
Now the honour, which was awarded to her in absentia when she was still under house arrest in 1999, has been rescinded with immediate effect following a motion by Dublin city councillor Michael Mullooly.
It followed the band U2, who received their own freedom award on the same day as Ms Suu Kyi, writing to the council urging them to rescind the honour.
The band had previously campaigned for Ms Suu Kyi to be released but said in a letter that she had now “betrayed the principles for which she was so revered”,The Journal reported.
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Speaking in favour of the motion, Councillor Andrew Montague said: “What’s happening in her country is wrong and whether she has power or not she should be standing up for the people in her country who are being ethnically cleansed”.
Meanwhile Councillor Mannix Flynn said the award should have been stripped from her much quicker.
“I think the city council could have dealt with this much quicker – this caused a lot of undue stress for the Rohingya people here in Ireland,” he said. “We will take it off this individual and that will send a very clear signal to the world and to Aung San Suu Kyi and the military”.
A Freedom of the City award is a symbolic title which dates back to the mediaeval era. It is designed to honour a specific individual who have made a significant contribution to the city or the world at large.