Daw Suu awarded the freedom of Dundee

Jun 12, 2008 (DVB), Burma's pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is to be awarded the freedom of the Scottish city of Dundee, it was announced on Monday.

The City Council said in a statement on Monday that the Council had unanimously decided to confer the prize on the democracy icon.

It also said the award affirmed Dundee's call for her release and support for the struggle for democracy in Burma.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in Rangoon since May 2003, and has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years in detention.

Her party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in the country’s election in 1990, but the military regime denied her the chance to take power.

Dr Win Naing, who is based in London, said Scotland had always tried to show its support for the NLD leader.

"The Scottish Government always celebrates Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday on 19 June. This year they decided to grant her an award to honour her sacrifices and tireless efforts for democracy, justice and freedom in Burma," Win Naing said.

"This prize shows that the Scottish Government and the people Scotland stand with the people of Burma in their call for freedom."

The award ceremony will be held in September and the honour from Dundee will be accepted by Anna Roberts, director of the Burma Campaign UK, on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's behalf.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was previously awarded the freedom of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, in 2007.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet

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