News / Asia

Aung San Suu Kyi Falls Ill During Swiss News Conference

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Sui Kyi attends a news conference after addressing the 101st session of the International Labor Conference of the International Labor Organization at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 14, 2012.Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Sui Kyi attends a news conference after addressing the 101st session of the International Labor Conference of the International Labor Organization at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 14, 2012.
x
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Sui Kyi attends a news conference after addressing the 101st session of the International Labor Conference of the International Labor Organization at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 14, 2012.
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Sui Kyi attends a news conference after addressing the 101st session of the International Labor Conference of the International Labor Organization at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, June 14, 2012.
VOA News
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi fell ill during a news conference in the Swiss capital, Bern, late Thursday, shortly after saying how exhausted she was after her long trip from Asia to Europe.

After getting a rock star welcome in Geneva, where she gave a speech to the International Labor Organization conference, the Nobel peace laureate looked pale as she answered questions from reporters alongside Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter.  A few minutes into the news conference, she halted, said "I'm so sorry," and threw up.  Her aides quickly escorted her out of the room.

After traveling to Thailand, Aung San Suu Kyi visits Europe:

  • Jun. 16:  Oslo, Norway to accept her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Jun. 18:  Ireland to appear with Bono at a concert in her honor
  • Jun. 20:  Oxford, Britain to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Oxford
  • Jun. 21:  London, Britain to address parliament
A spokesman for the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Jean-Marc Crevoisier, said Aung San Suu Kyi recovered enough to briefly attend a reception hosted by President Evelyn Widmer-Schlumpf but then retired to her hotel to rest.

On Friday, she will visit the Swiss parliament before heading for Oslo to deliver a long-awaited acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, which she was unable to accept in person.  Later in the trip, Aung San Suu Kyi will address Britain's parliament and receive an Amnesty International human rights award in Dublin from rock star Bono.

The newly-elected lawmaker is expected to return to Burma in time for the July 4 reconvening of parliament, which is set to consider crucial legislation, including laws on media regulation and foreign investment.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi briefly falls ill in Switzerland, Jun 14, 2012Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi briefly falls ill in Switzerland, Jun 14, 2012
x
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi briefly falls ill in Switzerland, Jun 14, 2012
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi briefly falls ill in Switzerland, Jun 14, 2012
Aung San Suu Kyi is on a two-week trip to Europe, her first visit to the continent in 24 years after spending most of the previous two decades in detention in Burma.  The trip comes as Burma's new nominally civilian government has begun making democratic reforms after decades of military rule.  

In her speech in Geneva, Aung San Suu Kyi called for international aid and investment that will help promote further democratic reform in Burma. The newly elected lawmaker said in an address to the International Labor Organization that she would like to see the Burmese government make additional reforms to protect the rights of workers in the once isolated country.

She also expressed concern about the violence between Muslims and Buddhists that has gripped western Burma for over a week. She told reporters that such violence will continue unless the rule of law is ensured and every citizen is guaranteed equal protection.

In answer to a question, Suu Kyi said countries should consider lifting sanctions against Burma in a responsive way, in a way that advances democracy.


Aung San Suu Kyi Kicks off European tour in Genevai
|| 0:00:00
X
June 14, 2012 12:55 PM
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called for international aid and investment that will help promote further democratic reform in Burma, as she kicked off her landmark European tour in Geneva.


View the timeline of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Loading timeline...

You May Like

WHO: Anti-Ebola Efforts Should Focus on West Africa

Official says WHO is 'reasonably confident' countries bordering those hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak are not seeing the virus crossing their borders More

South Sudan Crisis Threatens Development

Economic costs and lost development opportunities in South Sudan have erased what little progress the country has made since independence in 2011 More

Ukrainian PM Warns: Russia May Try to Disrupt Sunday Poll

Arseniy Yatsenyuk orders full security mobilization for parliamentary election to prevent ‘terrorist acts’ from being carried out More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Nguyễn from: US
June 14, 2012 10:01 AM
Happy birthday to you, Suu Kyi, and enjoy your glorious moments you truly deserve. Be sure Burma has a set of laws before massive foreign investments coming in soon to prevent corruption and other wrong doings.


by: A Grunspan from: San Antonio, TX
June 14, 2012 8:16 AM
Isn't it Myanmar?

In Response

by: kyaw from: new york
June 14, 2012 9:29 PM
No. It is Switzerland. A group of burmese welcomed her. That's why she was speaking burmese.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rulesi
X
October 21, 2014 12:20 AM
European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video After Decades of Pressure, Luxembourg Drops Bank Secrecy Rules

European Union finance ministers have reached a breakthrough agreement that will make it more difficult for tax cheats to hide their money. The new legislation, which had been blocked for years by countries with a reputation as tax havens, was approved last week after Luxembourg and Austria agreed to lift their vetoes. But as Mil Arcega reports, it doesn’t mean tax cheats have run out of places to keep their money hidden.
Video

Video Kobani Refugees Welcome, Turkey Criticizes, US Airdrop

Residents of Kobani in northern Syria have welcomed the airdrop of weapons, ammunition and medicine to Kurdish militia who are resisting the seizure of their city by Islamic State militants. The Turkish government, however, has criticized the operation. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from southeastern Turkey, across the border from Kobani.
Video

Video China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law

China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US ‘Death Cafes’ Put Focus on the Finale

In contemporary America, death usually is a topic to be avoided. But the growing “death café” movement encourages people to discuss their fears and desires about their final moments. VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Ebola Orphanage Opens in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's first Ebola orphanage has opened in the Kailahun district. Hundreds of children orphaned since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak face stigma and rejection with nobody to care for them. Adam Bailes reports for VOA about a new interim care center that's aimed at helping the growing number of children affected by Ebola.
Video

Video Young Nairobi Tech Innovator on 'Track' in Security Business

A 24-year-old technology innovator in Nairobi has invented a tracking device that monitors and secures cars. He has also come up with what he claims is the most robust audio-visual surveillance system yet. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from the Kenyan capital, his innovations are offering alternative security solutions.
Video

Video Latinas Converting to Islam for Identity, Structure

Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino. And a little more than half of new converts are female. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti travelled to Miami, Florida -- where two out of every three residents is Hispanic -- to learn more.
Video

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
Video

Video North Carolina Emerges as Key Election Battleground

U.S. congressional midterm elections will be held on November 4th and most political analysts give Republicans an excellent chance to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, which Democrats now control. So what are the issues driving voters in this congressional election year? VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone traveled to North Carolina, one of the most politically competitive states in the country, to find out.
Video

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
Video

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

All About America

AppleAndroid