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Struggle for right to have an EDUCA
- Subject: Struggle for right to have an EDUCA
- From: nin@xxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 09:22:00
Subject: Struggle for right to have an EDUCATION in Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi wants Australia to broadcast uncensored news to Burma
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung
San Suu Kyi called on Australia to broadcast news to her home
country in its native language so Burmese could keep in touch with
the outside world.
She said Burma's military regime has a monopoly on local media
and that her people are forced to depend on external radio and
television stations to receive uncensored news.
``With its proximity to Burma and with the increasing numbers of
Burmese on its soil, we hope that Australia will recognize the need
for disseminating information in the Burmese language on the
educational, social, economic and political currents sweeping
across the globe,'' Suu Kyi said.
She made the plea in Sydney via her husband, Dr. Michael Aris,
who accepted an honorary doctorate from Sydney University of
Technology on her behalf.
Aris read Friday from a speech prepared by his wife, the
democracy campaigner and 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Radio Australia said in a statement that it believes it has a
big audience in Burma despite the military government's tight
restrictions on international communications.
Suu Kyi said Australia had been forged out of difficult
endeavour and had a reputation for being ``tough.''
``We expect from you the boldness to stand up and speak for the
rights of those who are seeking to cast off their shackles,'' she
The struggle for democracy in Burma also is a struggle for the
right to have an education, she said.
``The curtailment of the right to develop initiative and to
exercise freedom of expression has disastrous effects on the future
of a nation.''
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