Burma’s Suu Kyi Gives First Parliament Speech

Posted July 25th, 2012 at 4:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has used her first speech in parliament to call for laws protecting the rights of the nation's ethnic minorities.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke Wednesday, urging equal rights for all ethnic groups as part of Burma's transition to democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi's presence in parliament marks a new phase in her long struggle to bring democracy to her homeland, after she spent nearly 15 years in detention under the nation's military rule.

Her party, the National League for Democracy, is now a mainstream political party, following Burma's landmark April elections and other sweeping changes by the new, nominally civilian government.