Oxford college puts down Aung Suu Kyi's portrait amid Rohingya criticism

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Oxford college puts down Aung Suu Kyi's portrait amid Rohingya criticism

A portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi has been removed by Oxford University, where she was previously awarded an honorary degree, amid criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis.

More than 4,00,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape brutal persecution by Buddhist terrorists and Burmese army, enjoying support of Suu Kyi.

Myanmar has rejected accusations from the United Nations that its forces are engaged in ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, claiming the clashes began in response to coordinated attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents on August 25.

St Hugh's student newsletter, "The Swan" said the decision to remove the portrait was taken by the college's governing body.

Suu Kyi studied politics, philosophy and economics between 1964 and 1967 at Oxford and moreover, was celebrated with an honorary doctorate from the varsity in 2012.

It swapped the painting earlier for one by Japanese artist Yoshihiro Takada. The reasons for the portrait's removal are not clear.

St Hugh's College said: "The College received the gift of a new painting earlier this month which will be exhibited for a period".

An Oxford University college has taken down a portrait of Myanmar's leading politician amid claims the country has been carrying out ethnic cleansing.

In a speech last week, the Nobel Prize victor condemned human rights abuses, but did not blame the army or address allegations of ethnic cleansing.

The governing body of St Hugh's college chose to remove the painting of the Nobel laureate from its main entrance on Thursday, days before the start of the university term and the arrival of new students but did not specify the reason behind the move. It has been contacted for a comment, said the BBC report.

This portrait was painted in 1997 by the chinese artist Chen Yanning.

Suu Kyi, was a former political prisoner who became the de factor civilian leader after winning elections in 2015, has been criticised and is under growing pressure for not speaking on Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

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