About 270,000 members of the Muslim group have fled across the border to Bangladesh as their villages are set on fire by Burmese Buddhists.
Some Labour councillors are likely to support the motion put forward by Tina MacVeigh and Hazel De Nortúin. Ms Suu Kyi came to Dublin in 2012 to accept the honour, which was awarded to her in 2000 while she was under military house arrest.
At the ceremony, Rohingya living in Dublin presented Ms Suu Kyi with gifts before she was given the freedom of the city by the lord mayor.
People Before Profit wants the freedom of Dublin rescinded “due to her unsatisfactory response and lack of action in the wake of the atrocities being inflicted currently on the Rohingya tribe in Myanmar”.
“The crimes being committed against the Rohingya people is bald faced genocide and should be spoken out against and acted upon by Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest for her pro-democracy political views,” the party said.
Ms MacVeigh said: “It is a total outrage that Aung San Suu Kyi, someone who received the Nobel peace prize for speaking out against injustice, has remained silent until the eleventh hour.
“These disgraceful crimes being committed against the Rohingya people go against the very basis of international human rights law and the UN convention for the prevention and punishment of genocide.”
The motion reads: “Notwithstanding the many years that Aung San Suu Kyi was detained in prison, her house arrest, the cruelties she suffered, including isolation, physical attack and curtailment of her family life, since her election in 2015 her silence and lack of action to challenge the atrocities being inflicted upon the Rohingya tribe in [Burma] is grotesque and therefore, this committee agrees that the honour of the freedom of the city of Dublin bestowed upon her in June 2012 should be immediately rescinded.”
Dermot Lacey, a Labour councillor, raised the issue at a council meeting on Monday. He said that Ms Suu Kyi’s lack of action to protect the Rohingya must be condemned but he did not put forward a motion seeking to withdraw the freedom of Dublin.
Rebecca Moynihan, a Labour councillor, said that she had not seen the motion but that pressure must be put on Ms Suu Kyi to help the Rohingya.
“Her attitude has been very disappointing,” she said. “We stood with her when she was incarcerated. She should make a clear statement in support and not blame “terrorist elements” within the Rohingya community.
Ms Moynihan said that her instinct would be to support a motion to rescind the award if that would put some pressure on the government to act.
“I don’t want to use inflammatory language but there has been an attempt to cleanse the Rohingya from [Burma] in recent weeks,” she said.
Daithí Doolan, a Sinn Féin councillor, said that the motion needed to be debated and a consensus reached.
“It’s a very, very serious move. We have to be sure that it will help the Muslim minority and avoid a knee-jerk reaction,” he said, adding that the Rohingya population had his complete support. “They are now fleeing into Bangladesh, which is two-thirds under water because of the recent storms,” Mr Doolan said. “It seems that the military are still the ones in charge of security in Myanmar and they also need to be held to account.”
Source : The Times UK