Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Canada invites Aung San Suu Kyi to accept honorary citizenship

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper invited the newly-freed Aung San Suu Kyi to accept honorary citizenship to his country, according to AFP.
The prime minister said that Canada is proud that democracy leader Suu Kyi and other freedom fighters are working for a free Burma.
The Canadian leader hoped that the woman democracy fighter will personally accept the invitation at an "appropriate time" but also noted that Suu Kyi is now focused on her goals inside her country.
The 65-year-old Suu Kyi was bestowed the honorary citizenship by the Canadian government in 2007.
Other foreigners who were given the same title were: Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg (Sweden), former president Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (Tibet) and the Aga Khan, leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims.
Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Burma (Myanmar) for 15 years since 20 July 1989. She was released on 13 November 2010.
Suu Kyi's freedom efforts were recognized by several bodies that gave her peace awards, such as: Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Indian government, and International Simon Bolivar Prize by the Venezuelan government (1992); the Nobel Peace Prize (1991); Rafto Prize, and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (1990).

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