Thursday, January 24, 2013

Suu Kyi sets off to Hawaii, Seoul to receive peace awards

Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:00 Mizzima News

Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi departed from Yangon International Airport on Thursday morning on a trip to Hawaii and Seoul where she will deliver speeches and accept awards.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi sets off on Thursday from Yangon International Airport on a one-week trip to Hawaii and Seoul. (Photo: Bo Bo / Mizzima)

A Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1991 and a former political prisoner, Suu Kyi flies first to Honolulu in Hawaii where she is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Rotary International Club and accept the organization’s Global Peace Award, according to a statement by her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

The Burmese pro-democracy icon—criticized recently for her refusal to speak out against the conflict in Burma’s Kachin State and sectarian violence in Rakhine State—will travel to the South Korean capital on January 28 when she will meet President Park Geun Hye.

Suu Kyi is due to attend the opening of the Pyeonchang Special Olympics in Seoul, and accept the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights before returning to Burma on February 1.

The short trip marks the latest in a series of highly publicized sojourns abroad since she was released from house arrest in November 2010 and voted into Parliament in April 2012.
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