Bob Geldof returns his 'Freedom of the City of Dublin' award to his home town as he could not continue to hold the honour with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Irish musician and anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof returned his 'Freedom of the City of Dublin' award to his home town on Monday (November 13), saying he could not continue to hold the honour with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Well over 600,000 Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state have fled to refugee camps in Bangladesh after military clearance operations described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing were launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants. The plight of the Rohingya has brought outrage from around the world and there have been calls for Suu Kyi to be stripped of the Nobel peace prize she won in 1991 because she has not condemned the Myanmar military's actions. Suu Kyi, previously renowned for her human rights activism, was under house arrest when she was given the Freedom of Dublin in 1999 and received her award at a public reception in Ireland in 2012, two years after her release.