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article imageMyanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to address UK Parliament

By Leo Reyes     Jun 21, 2012 in Politics
Pro democracy leader and new member of Myanmar's Parliament Aung San Suu Kyi is set to address the UK Parliament Thursday as part of her European tour which include visits to Norway, France and Switzerland.
Suu Kyi, who was released from house arrest in 2010 after spending more than 20 years in detention for her pro democracy campaign, will deliver her speech at Westminster Hall, a place where heads of states are normally received and honored.
Early in her European tour, Suu Kyi received her Nobel Peace Prize in Norway, 21 years after she won the prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.
Suu Kyi's long period of detention for her democratic advocacy, prevented her from traveling outside of the country to receive the prestigious award.
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.
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In Oxford, where she met her late husband Michael Aris and spent her best years as student, Suu Kyi received her honorary civil law doctorate Wednesday, 19 years after she was awarded it.
According to BBC, Suu Kyi will meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and later, hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.
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