An award-winning birthday

Today Burma’s freedom leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was awarded the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Award for her efforts at realizing human rights, justice, and democracy. She is the first recipient of the award instituted by the ruling Pakistan People’s Party in the memory of the slain former premier of Pakistan. The recipient of the award is determined under four categories: democracy, human rights, philanthropy, and women empowerment.

In addition, Aung San Suu Kyi has won numerous international awards. In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for being “one of the extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades.” In 2008, the US Senate honored her with the Congressional Medal of Honour award, the highest civilian award in the continental US. Her other awards include Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Jawaharlal Nehru Award from India.

The official statement reads that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is honored for challenging the dictatorship in Burma despite remaining in detention and house arrest for many years.

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