State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi re­ceives hu­man­i­tar­ian award from Har­vard

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STATE Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was hon­oured at a cer­e­mony at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity this week­end, where she re­ceived the pre­siti­gious school’s 2016 Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on the Har­vard Uni­ver­sity web­site, the Har­vard Peter J Gomes Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award is given an­nu­ally to an in­di­vid­ual “whose works and deeds have served to im­prove the qual­ity of our lives and have in­spired us to greater heights”.

Past re­cip­i­ents of the award in­clude Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu, UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon and women’s rights ac­tivist Malala Yousafzai. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the fourth No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate to re­ceive the award.

“The fac­ulty and stu­dents of the Har­vard Foun­da­tion are pleased to hon­our [Daw] Aung San Suu Kyi as the 2016 Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year,” S Allen Counter, direc­tor of the Har­vard Foun­da­tion and a pro­fes­sor of neu­rol­ogy, was quoted as say­ing in the Har­vard Gazette.

“Her coura­geous strug­gle for democ­racy, hu­man rights, and peace in her na­tion in­spired the world. We are de­lighted that she will en­gage our stu­dents through in­tel­lec­tual ex­change about our col­lec­tive vi­sion for the peace­ful up­lift and bet­ter­ment of hu­man­ity.”

Dur­ing her on­go­ing trip to the United States, the No­bel lau­re­ate has met with US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, as well as Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Photo: AFP

State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (right) tours the Lin­coln Memo­rial dur­ing her visit to Wash­ing­ton on Septem­ber 14.

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