Suu Kyi to claim EU Sakharov prize 23 years after award
STRASBOURG, France (AFP) - Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is to finally receive the EU Sakharov human rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown, the European Parliament revealed on Wednesday.
Ms Suu Kyi, now leader of the opposition in Myanmar and aiming to run in presidential polls in 2015, is due to address MEPs on October 22, according to the Parliament's schedule.
She won the Sakharov Prize in 1990 as the military ignored elections won by her National League for Democracy party after a bloody popular uprising was suppressed.
The military put Suu Kyi under house arrest for long periods and she was only freed in 2010, having insisted all the while on the need for reform and democracy in Myanmar.