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  • » 06/21/2012, 00.00

    GREAT BRITAIN - MYANMAR

    Historic Speech of Aung San Suu Kyi to the British Parliament



    The afternoon meeting at Westminster Hall; an honor reserved in the past only to a few Heads of State and Benedict XVI. Followed by an interview with Prime Minister Cameron. Yesterday she received her doctorate at Oxford University, where she studied during her London period. For her 67th birthday, a face to face with the Dalai Lama.

    London (AsiaNews/Agencies) - The Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi this afternoon will give a historic speech to the British Parliament, meeting in joint session. The meeting will be held at three in the afternoon in Westminster Hall in London and represents an honor and a recognition of the work performed by the "Lady" over the years, in favor of democracy in Myanmar. In the past, only a small number of foreign leaders and Pope Benedict XVI have had the honor of speaking to both Houses gathered in joint assembly, in the room that dates to the 11th century; it is located in the oldest wing of the complex which today houses the two chambers of the Parliament of the United Kingdom: the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

    Afterwards, the Nobel Peace Prize winner's schedule includes a one-on-one meeting with British prime minister David Cameron. Over the next few days, finally, she will travel to Paris, the last leg of her historic tour in Europe - the first in 24 years - during which she will have visited Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, England and France.

    Yesterday, meanwhile, Aung San Suu Kyi received (pictured) an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford, roughly 20 years after being awarded the honor. In her speech, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) emphasized that "her memories" linked to the famous institution were of great help while in prison - the "Lady" has spent 15 of the last 22 years under house arrest - including long periods of "reading on the lawn."

    The Nobel Peace laureate evoked "summer days like these, reading on the lawn at St. Hugh's," and "being in the library not looking at a book but out of the window." These moments, she added, "helped me to understand the people of Burma, who wanted to live a happy life and had never been given the opportunity to live one."

    Aung San Suu Kyi said that young Burmese students were not able to enjoy university facilities like the prestigious London institute, because their university life has been "shattered". At the end of her speech, which received a two-minute standing ovation, the "Lady" greeted some fellow students from the time of her studies. On June 19, on the occasion of her 67th birthday, she met the Dalai Lama, who in the past has repeatedly participated in the campaign for her release.

     

     

     

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    22/06/2012 GREAT BRITAIN- MYANMAR
    Aung San Suu Kyi in Westminster Hall asks for "practical help" for Myanmar's reforms
    Burma's opposition makes an historic address to the British parliament. The Nobel Prize laureate urges "democracy-friendly investments" and international cooperation to build democracy in her country. She refers to displaced people in the country's north, west and east, and describes her trip to Europe not as a "sentimental pilgrimage to the past" but as "an exploration of the new opportunities at hand". Her speech was carried live on TV.

    23/10/2014 MYANMAR
    Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms
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    01/07/2014 MYANMAR
    Three million sign petition for constitutional reforms in Myanmar
    Organizers seek amendments of Art. 436, which gives the military the power to veto reforms, and Art. 59 (F) that would prevent Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president. The campaign began May 27 and ends on July 19. At least 600 thousand signatures in one area of Yangon.

    01/10/2011 MYANMAR
    Peace and amnesty: dialogue between Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese government continues
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    14/08/2014 MYANMAR
    Yangon, five million signatures for Aung San Suu Kyi as President
    The Burmese opposition has filed a petition in Parliament, asking to amend Art. 436 of the Constitution. This requires military approval for any amendments to the Charter, which prevents the Nobel Peace Prize from running for the position.



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