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Aung San Suu Kyi

June 16th, 2012
11:43 AM ET

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

(CNN) - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi gave her Nobel speech in Norway on Saturday, more than two decades after she won the peace prize.

Her presence in Oslo, Norway, on a historic first trip to Europe after years of house arrest, signals the progress toward reform in Myanmar, also known as Burma, over the past year.

Suu Kyi was unable to accept the Nobel when it was awarded in 1991 because she was under house arrest in Myanmar. Her husband and two sons accepted it then on her behalf, paying tribute to her sacrifice.

Greeted by heartfelt applause from those gathered in Oslo City Hall, Suu Kyi spoke of what peace meant to her and also of her country's fragile progress toward democratic reform.

"Over the past year there have been signs that the endeavors of those who believe in democracy and human rights are beginning to bear fruit in Burma. There have been changes in a positive direction; steps towards democratization have been taken," she said.

"If I advocate cautious optimism it is not because I do not have faith in the future but because I do not want to encourage blind faith." FULL STORY

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Peter

    Thank you Christiane ... for bringing the peoples of the planet closer together.

    June 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  2. victor

    i know its been long but she totally deserves it

    June 17, 2012 at 5:41 am | Reply
  3. Eusebio Manuel Vestias Pecurto

    Muitos parabéns para a senhora Aung San Suu pelo orémio Nobel Da Paz e que no futuro tenho sucesso nas sua campanhas dentro do seu pais e no mundo

    June 17, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
  4. RICHARD ABRAMSON

    DAW SU IS A LIGHT IN THE WORLD THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED. WHILE RESPECTING HER WE MUST NOT LET THIS LIGHT FADE. PLEASE GIVE HER YOUR SUPPORT AND ENERGY.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  5. Rifaldi

    Thanks denk. I just posted an airctle on the half truths in the media. It is the same game, feeding half truth and misinformation to the gullible Asians.The agenda behind all the craps is domination and colonisation of the world, in the present context, colonising the thinking by supplanting daily diet of what they want the Asians to see and think.In democracy, it is the majority that rules and the minority follows. But they are supporting minorities everywhere to bring down legitimate govt. Only place they are not doing is here. Every country will have some who disagree with the govt and in the minority. And the West will feed these groups and fester their resistance against the govt in the name of human rights.They solved their own human rights issues by terminating the Red Indians.

    July 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply

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