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At Last, Suu Kyi Collects 1990 EU Human Rights Prize

23 October 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, has finally collected the European Union’s 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights. In Tuesday’s ceremony, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that “23 years later, we welcome you here and it is a great moment.” Suu Kyi has persevered for decades in promoting democracy. She and her National League for Democracy party were frozen out of politics by the military regime that governed until 2011, and last year she and several dozen party members won parliamentary seats. However, a clause in the army-dictated Constitution disqualifies her from becoming president. She is now seeking the constitutional changes that would allow her to seek the presidency. —AP