Rohingya genocide: Oxford University removes Suu Kyi’s portrait

30 Sep, 2017 4:07 pm

LONDON – The Oxford University has removed a portrait of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi following her widespread criticism over the Rohingya genocide.

The portrait, which was on display in the main entrance of St Hugh’s College, has been placed in storage and was replaced on Thursday with a new painting gifted by Japanese artist Yoshihiro Takada.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi studied at St Hugh’s, graduating in philosophy, politics and economics in 1967 before completing a masters in politics in 1968.

An estimated 436,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh in the last month alone, fleeing violence that the UN has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingyas have been killed in the bloodshed. In total, more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees are now believed to be in Bangladesh.

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