Burmese Democracy Leader to Visit US, Accept Award

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 7:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S.-based advocacy group has announced that Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit the United States in September to accept an award for global citizenship.

The New York-based Atlantic Council issued a statement Monday saying Aung San Suu Kyi is one of four people to be honored September 21 with its Global Citizen Award. The other recipients are former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata of Japan, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and American composer Quincy Jones.

Atlantic Council Chairman and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel said the Global Citizen Award recognizes “special individuals” who have helped define global citizenship.

Aung San Suu Kyi recently completed a tour of Europe that included a stop in Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991, but was unable to claim because she was under house arrest in Burma.