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Delayed reception as Aung San Suu Kyi accepts 1990 Sakharov prize

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 00:53

Oct. 22 - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi receives the Sakharov human rights prize that she was awarded in 1990 but could not pick up. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Two decades after being awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was finally able to accept the prize at the European Parliament on Monday. Suu Kyi, who spent a total of 15 years under house arrest in Myanmar between 1989 and her release in late 2010, was awarded the Sakharov prize in 1990. Due to her confinement, however, she could not pick it up. Myanmar President Thein Sein, whose quasi-civilian government took power in 2011 after nearly half a century of military rule, launched a series of political and economic reforms that helped break Myanmar's international isolation. Following President Thein Sein's election, Suu Kyi was allowed back into politics and her National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in last year's parliamentary by-elections, giving her a seat in the parliament. European Parliament President Martin Schulz presented Suu Kyi with the framed Sakharov award, before the assembled Parliament, in Strasbourg. "This is for me, a joyous and a deeply meaningful occasion. A joyous one because I have been given the opportunity to thank all of you for the support that you have given me and my party, and all those who believe in democracy in Burma for over two decades," she said. The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded by the European Parliament each year since 1988 to commemorate Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov

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Delayed reception as Aung San Suu Kyi accepts 1990 Sakharov prize

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 00:53