Irish singer renounces honour also held by Aung San Suu Kyi

Bob Geldof, an Irish singer-songwriter, author and political activist, is handing back his Freedom of the City of Dublin because the award is also held by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a statement, Geldof said he was a “proud Dubliner”, but could not hold the Freedom of the City while it is still held by Suu Kyi, reports The Irish Times.

“Her association with our city shames us all and we should have no truck with it, even by default. We honoured her, now she appals and shames us,” The Irish Times reported Geldof as saying.

Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has been widely criticised by former supporters, including fellow Nobel laureates, for failing to speak out against the violence being inflicted on thousands in her home country of Myanmar.

Since August, more than 600,000 Rohingya people have fled ethnic cleansing in the north of the country, creating a major humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Bangladesh.