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Burma’s Suu Kyi Named New UN Ambassador

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 22, 2012

By John Zaw

The United Nations yesterday announced opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as an ambassador to its program on HIV/AIDS.

Suu Kyi accepted the invitation to head the program during a meeting with UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé in the capital Naypyidaw, according to an agency statement.

“It is a great honor to be chosen as a champion for people who live on the fringes of society and struggle every day to maintain their dignity and basic human rights,” Suu Kyi said in the statement.

“I would like to be the voice of the voiceless,” added Suu Kyi, who has previously been named as the agency’s global advocate for zero discrimination.

Sidibé said the Nobel laureate was an appropriate choice for the role.

“From small villages to big cities, from Africa to Asia, people are talking about Aung San Suu Kyi. She is inspirational,” he said in the statement.

Eamonn Murphy, country director for UNAIDS in Myanmar, said he was happy that Suu Kyi had accepted the role.

“She would be the voice of HIV- and AIDS-infected people who have no voices,” he told ucanews.com today in an interview in Yangon.

Asked whether Suu Kyi would be an effective ambassador given her commitments as a lawmaker, Murphy said modern technology would allow her to send strong messages of hope in Mynamar and throughout the world.

Earlier this year Suu Kyi addressed an international conference via video link to express her support for those living with HIV/AIDS, Murphy said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Burma’s Suu Kyi to Travel to U.S. to Receive Award

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 17, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi listens to the audience sing Happy Birthday

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Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi listens to the audience sing Happy Birthday to her following a discussion at the London School of Economics in central London, June 19, 2012. Suu Kyi turned sixty-seven.

(NAYPYITAW, Burma) — Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she’ll travel to the United States in September to accept an award from an American think tank.

Atlantic Council issued a statement Monday saying it will present Suu Kyi with its Global citizenship award on Sept. 21. The Washington-based think tank says the award is meant to recognize “visionary global leaders.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Aung San Suu Kyi Gives Nobel Peace Prize Speech: The Highlights (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 17, 2012

[Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared 16th of June – Saturday – that the Nobel Peace Prize she won while under house arrest 21 years ago helped to shatter her sense of isolation and ensured that the world would demand democracy in her military-controlled homeland. Congratulation to her from the bottom of the heart!!!]

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, holds her speech during the Peace Nobel Prize lecture at the city hall in Oslo, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

(OSLO, Norway) — Aung San Suu Kyi‘s Nobel Peace Prize speech explored her views on the ideals of peace, the seeds of war, the bonds of our common humanity, and the rare power of kindness. Here are the highlights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Personality: A SMALL GIRL’S BIG, BIG VOICE (Suma Tharu)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

A Weekend of Fearless Women

From Hillary Clinton and Meryl Streep to IMF chief Christine Lagarde and Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, complete coverage of our 2012 summit.

From top girl crush Christine Lagarde on ‘Lehman Sisters’ to Meryl Streep riveted backstage and Hillary Clinton’s embrace of Burmese activist Zin Mar Aung, Tina Brown shares her favorite moments from the third Women in the World summit.

Something wonderful happened at this year’s third Women in the World Summit. It really was not just a summit, but a happening that brought out the very best in everyone on stage and off, at the Lincoln Center and at the United Nations, where my summit cohost Diane von Furstenberg presented the DVF awards to such women of courage as Jaycee Dugard.

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Marc Bryan-Brown

So many mothers brought their daughters to the summit. So many daughters brought their mothers. Has Christine Lagarde, our guest at the opening night dinner, ever been more convincing or more captivating, with the sheen of her white satin jabot blouse matching her hank of silver hair? (For girl crushes in the dinner audience, Lagarde took the prize.) “If Lehman Brothers had been a bit more Lehman Sisters…we would not have had the degree of tragedy that we had as a result of what happened,” she told Niall Ferguson archly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Aung Sang Suu Kyi Facebooks William Hague After Historic Handshake

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 5, 2012

William Hague and Burma (Myanmar) opposition leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi have made history by shaking hands – marking the arrival of the first British Foreign Secretary to visit the troubled country for more than 50 years.

Aung Sang Suu Kyi even used Facebook to record the remarkable moment.

“Britain and British politicians have provided us with invaluable support over the last 23 years.

“Foreign Secretary William Hague’s visit will enable him to assess the present situation in Burma. It will also give me an opportunity to get to know better a man I have long regarded as a good friend of our country,” she wrote on the social network.

The move is symbolic of the country’s return to the international fold following years of hardline military rule.

Earlier, Hague said Britain stands ready to “respond positively” to improvements in human rights and political freedoms in Burma, Foreign Secretary William Hague told the south-east Asian country’s leaders during a historic visit today.

He follows in the footsteps of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who visited the country last month

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Nobel Peace Prize 2011: The Most Disputed Winners (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 9, 2011

  
This must be far from politics to go in respective way. Politics is the only way to make this prize controvers­ial.
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Reflecting on 9/11, Britain’s Former Spy Chief Criticizes Iraq War and Proposes Talks with Al Qaeda

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2011

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“We are not women; we will keep fighting,” vowed Libya’s elusive despot Muammar Gaddafi in a message broadcast on Syrian TV on Sept. 1. A lecture delivered in London the same evening, for broadcast on Sept. 6 as part of the BBC’s 2011 Reith Lecture series Securing Freedom, illuminated the unintended kernel of truth to the Colonel’s bluster. As Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of Britain’s domestic spy service MI5, laid bare the scale of her opposition to the war in Iraq and her disdain for the term “war on terror” (the phrase “legitimizes terrorists as warriors,” she said), it was hard not to conclude that a lot of bloodshed could have been avoided if the men in charge had listened to her. A similar emotion was evoked by the first two lectures in the same series, which were given by Aung San Suu Kyi and set out the Nobel laureate’s reasons for meeting state violence with peaceful opposition.

You can see how Burma’s military rulers made the mistake of thinking they could silence the deceptively fragile and softly spoken Suu Kyi. It’s harder to imagine how anyone dared to defy Manningham-Buller. The Baroness (she was ennobled after her 2007 retirement from MI5) has the brisk air and stentorian tones of the sort of old-fashioned nanny to whom posh Brits traditionally entrusted their kids, knowing that the slightest sign of disobedience would be quelled by a cuff around the ear and bed without supper. Several members of the small invited audience who were brave—or foolhardy—enough to question Nanny’s views during the debate that followed her lecture earned cold looks and withering retorts. This apple evidently didn’t fall far from the tree: as TIME reported in 1962, Manningham-Buller’s father Reginald, a prominent Conservative politician, was widely known as “Sir Reginald Bullying-Manner.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Aung San Suu Kyi RELEASED: Myanmar Democracy Leader Finally Freed By Government (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 13, 2010


Congratulation and good luck Aung San Suu Kyi !
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