Monday, June 18, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi visits Europe for first time in over two decades

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it." - Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

Aung San Suu Kyi will be celebrating her 67th birthday outside of Burma on June 19, 2012. Her last birthday was her first in freedom in over seven years. Before that she had celebrated her birthdays under house arrest or in prison. Now she is an opposition member of parliament traveling and giving thanks to those who have demonstrated their solidarity and asking for additional assistance for the people of Burma to achieve their freedom.

Beginning her visit to Geneva, Switzerland in 30 years at the start of a visit to European capitals to discuss the situation in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a plenary session of the International Labour Organization on June 14, 2012.

A day later she arrived in Oslo, Norway and met with the Prime Minister and on the following day gave her Nobel Lecture, 21 years after having been awarded the prize. She also gave thanks to the Norwegian people at an open venue in downtown Oslo on June 16.


 On her final day in Norway she shared the stage with U2's Bono at a Peace Forum.
 On June 18 she visited Dublin and gave thanks to the Irish people for their solidarity and support. In the evening a special concert was held in her honor titled Electric Burma where Bono presented her with Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award which she had won in 2009.

The Ambassador of Conscience is Amnesty International's highest honor. The Secretary General of Amnesty International was in Ireland to present the award. Suu Kyi addressed the audience in attendance.

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