Aung San Suu Kyi, the recently released Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate, spoke live today via videolink and telephone from Burma to an audience of LSE academics and students. IIn the lecture Aung San Suu Kyi's stressed the need to create a '…people's network of democracy that stretches across the world'.
When speaking of the path to reconciliation and democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi highlighted that she does not want it to be seen as a threat to the military, but that she wants them to be part of the solution. She also emphasized the need for ethnic groups to '…listen to each other' and unite in common hopes and aspirations.
Aung San Suu Kyi said she felt that the pro-democracy movement was gaining strength inside Burma due to improvements in communication, and a renewed interest of students inside the country, who she called "…the future and hope of the country.' Since her release, she said she has had no response from the government, but that this does not discourage her.
Aung San Suu Kyi cited Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a source of inspiration to continue the struggle, as he knew that one should not "…work only for one person, one country, or one people, but for humankind."
The event was chaired by Veronica Pedrosa of Al Jazeera, and featured discussion from Professor Mary Kaldor, (Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE), Timothy Garton Ash (Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford) and Dr Maung Zarni (Research Fellow on Burma, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE). The lecture also included video messages from Professor Amartya Sen who outlined 10 things the world can do to help Burma, including more effective frameworks for sanctions, the initiation of an International Commission of Inquiry, and an embargo on all armaments entering the country.
Al Jazeera's documentary about the event
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December 14, 2010