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    Aung San Suu Kyi to Accept Award in US

    Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, April 2, 2012.
    Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, April 2, 2012.
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    A U.S.-based advocacy group says Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to New York in September to receive its Global Citizen Award.

    A spokeswoman for the Atlantic Council says the opposition leader will receive the award "in person."

    The trip will mark Aung San Suu Kyi's first trip to the United States since the 1980s, when she worked for the United Nations.

    The Atlantic Council says it will honor Aung San Suu Kyi on September 21, for her "unwavering devotion to democracy and human rights."  It also says the Nobel laureate is "an international symbol of freedom and human dignity."

    The invitation comes as a high-level U.S. delegation including dozens of business leaders visits Burma to explore investment opportunities in the rapidly reforming nation.

    Aung San Suu Kyi is urging Western nations to be cautious about relaxing sanctions against Burma.

    Last week, the United States formally lifted sanctions against Burma, allowing U.S. investment in the country for the first time in 15 years.

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    by: Myat Khine from: Yangon,
    July 18, 2012 10:38 AM
    Since 1988, I have been admiring her as the great political icon and she will pave the way to democracy organizing all the races of the country in Burma. in the last month Dr.Su Kyi has seized many prizes which are valuable in our sights, denying or not approving to the questions from reporters in regards Rohingya standpoints-- thinking over or fear her pessimistic supporters will blame later for recommending the Rohingyas. From my point of view, keeping quiet position or staying on center line does not prove the regional nor the world body that she has been firmly fighting for humanity for that she received prizes, discriminatory attitude in terms of race, color, religion does not support one's noble qualification to receive additional prizes, but one can change mind to the right direction at any time, I afraid if Dr.Su Kyi is going the same position in future, I don't think I would admire her as I did before.

    by: thomas from: canada
    July 17, 2012 9:50 AM
    Don't expect the Burmese generals those who have been in power for the past 50 years to change over night. They still need to learn a lot from the International community. We must create the environment for them to feel safe and to learn how to work with the opposition without using force or violence.
    To stop the 60 year old civil war needs United Nations as a mediator. Both sides are not disclosing anything to the public and keep fighting doesn't make sense at all.

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