On July 20th, 2009, Aung San Suu Kyi joins a list of eclectic people who have made their mark in history for their struggle for freedom, peace, and justice. She was conferred the prestigious Mahatama Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation (MAGI) award, to honor her principled stance, her courage, and the sacrifices that she has made to bring freedom and justice to the people of Burma.
Like most of her awards, Aung San Suu Kyi was not physically present at the event. She is currently detained at the infamous Insein prison in Burma, awaiting the verdict of the trial founded on unconstitutional trumped-up charges for breaching the terms of her detention (to learn more about this trial and its latest updates, click here). On her behalf, Sein Win, who is her cousin and the head of Burmese government in exile, accepted the prize.
The MAGI award foundation was created on August 19th, 2002, in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi who fought for justice, peace, and reconciliation in India during the colonial times and who was known for preaching a culture of non-violence.
The event was held in Durban, South Africa, and it was attended by 750 people including grassroots activists, unions, former anti-apartheid activists, and government officials.