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Council unanimously agrees to destroy Aung San Suu Kyi plaque in Aberdeen park

Councillors have unanimously voted to destroy a plaque honouring a controversial Asian leader in the city.

Lord Provost Barney Crockett said it was no longer right to have the plaque to Aung San Suu Kyi amid accusations she has ignored violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Council officers will investigate replacing it with a new plaque dedicated to all the people of Myanmar in the struggle for human rights.

The plaque was put up in Hazlehead Park alongside a jasmine plant at the request of Amnesty International 10 years ago.

The 73-year-old leader of Myanmar – formerly Burma – lived under house arrest for years for her pro-democracy activism and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

She has been accused of failing to speak out over violence against the Rohingya people in her role as state counsellor.

Some 700,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence targeting them after attacks by Rohingya militants killed a dozen members of the security forces.

Investigators working for the UN’s top human rights body said last week that genocide charges should be brought against senior Burma military officers over the crackdown.

Last month Ms Suu Kyi had her Freedom of Edinburgh award revoked.

Other cities including Glasgow, Newcastle and Oxford have also acted to strip her of similar honours.