22 September 2017
Ulster University has come under pressure to strip Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of an honorary degree over the Rohingya crisis, reports The Belfast Telegraph.The university in 2009 awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of her services to human rights. But she is now facing international scrutiny for failing to condemn army violence in the northern state of Rakhine. "I think the criticism against her is more than justified," says Penny Green, Professor of Law and Globalisation and Director of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). "Everything she has done to date is a defence of Myanmar's persecution of the race. She's clearly aligned herself with the military, and when they're criticised she's talked about fake news in 2016, when brutal village clearances of houses and killing of Rohingya was taking place. Taking away her UU degree plays a small part, but it's an important symbolic gesture."