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article imageAung San Suu Kyi receives Nobel Peace Prize after 21 years

By Leo Reyes     Jun 16, 2012 in Politics
Myanmar pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights but it took her 21 years to actually receive the award.
Suu Kyi's long period of detention for her democratic advocacy, prevented her from traveling outside of the country to receive the prestigious award.
Until November 2010, Suu Kyi has been in detention for 15 of the last 20 years for her democratic advocacy in the impoverished Asian nation.
In her acceptance speech in Norway, Suu Kyi talked about the current democratic space in Myanmar (formerly Burma), saying there has been positive steps towards democratization but she was cautious about its future.
'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,' she said in her speech posted on Daily Mail.
As she continues to talk about freedom and human rights in her homeland, Suu Kyi said there are still thousands of political prisoners languishing in jails.
The present dispensation under President Thein Sein has been praised by many western countries for releasing high profile political prisoners. But Suu Kyi said, there are thousands more languishing in jails who deserve freedom.
'I am fortunate to be living in an age when the fate of prisoners of conscience anywhere has become the concern of people everywhere, an age when democracy and human rights are widely, even if not universally, accepted as the birthright of all,' Suu Kyi said.
'It is to be feared that because the best known detainees have been released, the remainder, the unknown ones, will be forgotten,' she added.
To highlight her world tour apart from her Oslo visit for her Nobel Peace Prize award, Suu Kyi is set to visit London where she spent her best years as student at Oxford and where she met her husband Michael Aris, who died of prostate cancer in 1999.
Apart from her scheduled meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, Suu Kyi will be meeting for the first time in person, her favorite radio show host Dave Lee Travis, whose easy-listening program helped her during her days under house arrest.
“I would listen to that quite happily because the listeners would write in and I had a chance to hear other people’s worlds,” she said. “It made my world much more complete,” Suu Kyi said in a Global Post report.
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