Aung San Suu Kyi and the Sakharov Prize – better late than never

Aung San Suu Kyi and EP president Martin Schulz (© European Union 2013)

Aung San Suu Kyi and EP president Martin Schulz (© European Union 2013)

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has finally received the Sakharov Prize she was awarded 23 years ago. In a special ceremony at the European Parliament its president Martin Schulz presented the human rights prize to her.

When she was nominated for the prize in 1990, Aung San Suu Kyi was held in house arrest over her role in pro-democracy protests in Myanmar.

Until her most recent release three years ago, she spent a total of 15 years in house arrest.

Among many other prizes, she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

Aung San Suu Kyi announced to run for presidency in Myanmar’s 2015 election after her party, National League for Democracy, won the parliamentary elections in 2012.

Since 1988, the Sakharov Prize is awarded each year to “exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression“ by the European Parliament. It is named after Russian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov, the “father of the Russian hydrogen bomb”, who sought to raise awareness about the dangers of nuclear arms.

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