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Friday, June 22, 2012

Suu Kyi makes history with UK parliament address

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LONDON - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi became only the second woman after Queen Elizabeth to address both houses of Britain's parliament on Thursday, a rare honor she used to ask for help in a once in a generation opportunity to bring democracy to her country.

According to GMA News, cutting a tiny figure in parliament's cavernous and historic Westminster Hall, the 67-year-old Nobel laureate received a standing ovation on arrival, introduced as "the conscience of a country and a heroine for humanity."
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"We have an opportunity to reestablish true democracy in Burma. It is an opportunity for which we have waited decades," she said in her address, in a forum previously reserved for heads of state such as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.

"If we do not get things right this time right round, it may be several decades more before a similar opportunity arises again," she warned.

Suu Kyi refers to Myanmar as Burma.

"I would ask Britain, as one of the oldest parliamentary democracies, to consider what it can do to help build the sound institutions needed to build a nascent parliamentary democracy," she said, wearing trademark flowers in her hair and a white shawl.

Suu Kyi is in Britain as part of a 17-day tour of Europe that has at times been emotional and physically demanding. On Wednesday she returned to Oxford, where she once lived with her late husband and two sons before returning to Myanmar in 1988.

She spent 15 of the next 24 years under house arrest, making the Oxford graduate an icon of non-violent political resistance. Also, she refused offers allowing her to leave the country for fear she would not be allowed to return, costing her the chance to see her children grow up and also the opportunity to be with her husband Michael Aris before died of cancer in 1999.


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1 comments:

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