At last, Myanmar's Suu Kyi collects 1990 prize

Oct 22, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT
Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, finally collects the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights from European Parliament President Martin Schulz at the European parliament in Strasbourg eastern France Tuesday Oct 22, 2013. Suu Kyi has persevered for decades in promoting democracy. She and her National League for Democracy party were frozen out of politics by the military regime that governed until 2011, and last year she and several dozen p
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STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize laureate and long-time political prisoner, has finally collected the European Union's 1990 Sakharov Prize for human rights.

In Tuesday's stirring ceremony, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that "23 years later, we welcome you here and it is a great moment."

Suu Kyi has persevered for decades in promoting democracy. She and her National League for Democracy party were frozen out of politics by the military regime that governed until 2011, and last year she and several dozen party members won parliamentary seats. However, a clause in the army-dictated constitution disqualifies her from becoming president.

She is now seeking the constitutional changes that would allow her to seek the presidency.

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