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Aung San Suu Kyi (second right)  is greeted at Dublin Airport in 2010 after her release from house arrest in Myanmar with then Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore (right), and from left: Bill Shipley, of Amnesty Internatonal, and U2’s Bono

This morning.

Myanmar’s military has seized power and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of her governing party after they declared the November 2020 Myanmar general election results fraudulent.

In 2017, critics called for her Ms Suu Kyi’s Nobel prize to be revoked, citing her silence over the persecution of Rohingya people.

Via BBC:

All authority has been given to the top army commander and a one-year state of emergency has been declared, a statement on military TV said.

The coup follows a landslide election win by Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).

She urged her supporters “not to accept this” and “protest against the coup”.

In a letter written in preparation for her impending detention, she said the military’s actions put the country back under dictatorship.

Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control (BBC)


This morning.

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi begins to give evidence at the UN’s International Court of Justice in the Peace Palace, The Hague.

Earlier, supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gathered outside the court ahead of her arrival for a hearing into allegations that a military campaign by Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority amounted to genocide.

Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘No tolerance’ for human rights violations against Rohingya (Sky News)

Suu Kyi leads genocide defence at World Court (RTÉ)

Top pic: Matthew Smith

Liberty Hall in Dublin ahead of a visit by Aung San Suu Kyi in 2012

Amnesty International has withdrawn its Ambassador of Conscience Award from Aung San Suu Kyi “in light of her shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for”.

Last year, Dublin City Council stripped the Myanmar leader of her Freedom the City of Dublin award following her indifference to the persecution of her country’s Rohingya people.

Via Amnesty International:

Yesterday, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi to inform her the organisation is revoking the 2009 award.

Half way through her term in office, and eight years after her release from house arrest, Naidoo expressed the organisation’s disappointment that she had not used her political and moral authority to safeguard human rights, justice or equality in Myanmar, citing her apparent indifference to atrocities committed by the Myanmar military and increasing intolerance of freedom of expression.

….When she was finally able to accept the award at an event held in Dublin in 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi asked Amnesty International to “not take either your eyes or your mind off us and help us to be the country where hope and history merges.”

Amnesty International Ireland chief Colm O’Gorman said:

“When we honoured Aung San Suu Kyi here in Dublin, it was for a Myanmar that would protect and defend the human rights of all. This is what Irish people in their tens of thousands had campaigned for decades to achieve.

We will continue to fight for justice and human rights in Myanmar – with or without her support.

Amnesty International took Aung San Suu Kyi’s request that day very seriously, which is why we will never look away from human rights violations in Myanmar.”

Amnesty International Ireland

Previousaly: Aung San Suu Kyi on Broadsheet


Bob Geldof receiving the freedom of the city of Dublin at a ceremony at the Mansion House in March , 2006; Aung San Suu Kyi pictured with a portrait gift presented to her at an Amnesty International event in her honour at Grand Canal Square in Dublin, 20012



Geldof to return freedom of Dublin in Suu Kyi protest (RTÉ)

Statement via Gavan Reilly

  from left, Bill Shipsey of Amnesty Internatonal and U2’s Bono look on in Dublin Airport; Aung San Suu Kyi with then Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore (right), as Irish/Burmese Sophia Kelly presents flowers

Further to reports that more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violent attacks by Buddhists in Myanmar.

Trayvon writes:

We are into the second week of this but finally a European leader has called this for what it is [French President Emmanuel Macron has said attacks on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority amounted to “genocide].

it is now time to rescind Aung San Suu Kyi of ALL the honours she picked up on her Bono-led tour of Ireland We cannot and should not honour apologists for genocide.

Satellite images show sprawling Rohingya refugee camps (San Fransisco Chronicle)

Call to strip Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi of Ulster Degree (Belfast Telegraph)


The Electric Burma Concert in honour of Aung San Suu Kyi with from top left, Dublin City Manager John Tierney and Colm O’Gorman, of Amnsesty International Ireland; Bono and Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty; a portrait gift; Bob Gedof and Jeanne Marine; Actress Joely Richardson, Amnesty ambassador, Aung San Suu Kyi outside the Grand Canal Theatre; children from the Waterford Burmese community, from left Jessica Min, July Thedmaung and Thomas Aund; Dhinzar Smway and her son Lia.

Meanwhile, a senior Bond holder:

Actor Roger Moore, a UNICEF ambassador and Christina Tholstrup.

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi Leaves Ireland After Awards (RTE)

Earlier: Prisoner Of Conscience Latest

(Sasko Lazarov, Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)