Aung San Suu Kyi to give Nobel lecture

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) is surrounded by media representatives ahead of her departure at Yangon International Airport on June 13, 2012. Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi left Myanmar on June 13 on her first trip to Europe since 1988 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global limelight two decades ago. AFP PHOTO/Ye Aung Thu

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, arrived in Geneva, Switzerland to address the United Nations at the start of her European visit. She will address the United Nation’s International Labor Organization, which has led a long campaign against child and slave labor in Myanmar. She will also give her long-awaited Nobel lecture in Oslo, Norway on Saturday, June 16. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct 14, 1991 for her “non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.” While she was not prevented from travelling abroad to accept her prize, Suu Kyi, who was then under house arrest, feared she would not be allowed to return to Myanmar. Having spent much of the past 24 years under house arrest in Burma, Suu Kyi makes her first visit to Europe since 1988.

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