U2 has called on Dublin City Council to rescind the Freedom of the City it awarded to Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her response to the country’s Rohingya crisis,
The letter from the band comes a month after Bob Geldof returned the honour, which he received in 2005, in protest at her also holding the distinction.
Hundreds of thousands Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar for Bangladesh amid claims they are victims of violent ethnic cleansing, and allegations that Aung San Suu Kyi has failed to act on the crisis.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent over two decades under house arrest before coming to power, was awarded the Freedom of the Dublin in 1999, the same day the award was bestowed on all four members of U2.
U2 dedicated the song ‘Walk On’ from their 2000 album ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ to her and her struggle.
However in a letter to Dublin City Councillors, the band have now called on the local authority to rescind the honour.
“The decision of who should and shouldn’t have this honour lies with you. But we felt compelled to write given our history with you, and with Aung San Suu Kyi. We believe her failure to stand up for the rights of the Rohingya constitutes a betrayal of the principles for which she was so revered… and for which she received the Freedom of the City,” the band wrote.
Green Party City Councillor Ciarán Cuffe backed the call.