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Trip to Washington D.C

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Honoring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at American University

On September 19 and 20, 2012 the All Burma Monks Alliance monks traveled to Washington, DC and joined many friends in welcoming Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the United States. They watched as she received the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest honor given by the US Congress.  They attended the event honoring her at American University and another event which honored recipients of the National Endowment for Democracy’s 2012 Democracy Awards.  These included

  • Aung Din was a leader of the 1988 student movement and a former political prisoner who is co-founder and executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

  • Kyaw Thu is a famous film director and actor turned activist who heads one of the country’s most important civil society organizations, the Free Funeral Service Society.

  • Hkun Htun Oo, released from prison in January, is the chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy and is known for his struggle for democracy and national reconciliation among Burma’s many ethnic groups.

  • Dr. Cynthia Maung is an ethnic Karen medical doctor who has for more than 20 years operated a health clinic for displaced people on the Thai-Burmese Border.

  • Min Ko Naing, a key leader of both the 1988 student movement and the 2007 Saffron Revolution, has spent most of the past 20 years as a political prisoner in solitary confinement until his release this January. (Min Ko Naing was not in Washington but accepted his award via video message.)

NED-Awardees

Daw Suu Kyi speaks at NED Award Ceremony

Monks with Daw Suu

Post Title: Trip to Washington D.C
Author: U Pyinya Zawta
Posted: 21st September 2012
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