Burmese political activist to give University of Michigan's Wallenberg Lecture
A Burmese human rights activist and democracy advocate will receive the University of Michigan Wallenberg Medal this week.
The Wallenberg Medal honors individuals who advocate on behalf of the persecuted.
Suu Kyi serves in a leadership role at the National League for Democracy, the leading opposition political party in Burma. She led her party to victory in 1990 elections, but military leaders refused to recognize the results. She has spent most of the past two decades in jail or under house arrest.
Burma has had a tumultuous history and, according to several news reports, human rights activists in the country continue to be harassed, arrested and jailed. According to U-M, Suu Kyi is fearful that if she leaves Burma officials will not let her re-enter the country.
"Undaunted and fearless through many years of detention and efforts to intimidate her, in speaking out for democracy and human rights in Burma, Suu Kyi exemplifies ... courage and commitment to the humanitarian values," U-M said in a release.
Suu Kyi also is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
The lecture will take place 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.