The renowned British Oxford University, where the controversial Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi studied, declared that it took down a portrait of the head of state of Myanmar on Saturday. This looks like a decision that follows widespread criticism of the genocide against the Muslim Rohingya by the military.
The portrait, exhibited in the main entrance of St. Hugh’s College, was stored and replaced on Thursday by a new painting by the Japanese artist Yoshihiro Takada.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi studied at St. Hugh’s College. She graduated in 1967 in philosophy, politics and economics before graduating in 1968.
At the beginning of the month, we received a new painting that will be exhibited at the main entrance for a certain period of time,“the Oxford University College said in a statement.
The university did not announce whether the removal of the image is related to the ongoing crisis in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar. Millions of Muslims from the Rohingya minority, persecuted by the military, live there.
Last month alone, some 436,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh. They fear the violence of the military. According to the United Nations, persecution is a „model of ethnic cleansing“.
Rohingya Muslims are considered by the United Nations to be the most persecuted ethnic group in the world. Since 2012, the minority has been targeted.
The St. Hugh’s College counts British Prime Minister Theresa May among its alumni.