Aung San Su Kyi and Dublin

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen and the former Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Freehill are delighted to hear today of the release from house arrest of the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ms Su Kyi was conferred with the Freedom of the City of Dublin in March 2000 by Councillor Mary Freehill in a joint ceremony when U2 were also conferred with the Freedom of the City.

The Lord Mayor said that ‘I will work with Councillor Freehill to issue an invitation to Ms. Suu Kyi to visit Dublin as soon as possible to to sign the roll of the Freemen of Dublin.’

Councillor Freehill said that ‘it as always been my regret that Ms. Suu Kyi never got to sign the roll of the Freeemen of the City of Dublin. My thoughts today are with her sons, Alexander and Kim . It was Kim who accepted the Freedom of the City on behalf of his mother’.

The award of the City’s highest honour to the Burmese icon has been further vindicated by subsequent events. Moral and physical courage are the hallmarks of this remarkable woman. She has been under house arrest for the 15 of the past 21 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi was the recipient of the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India. Aung San Suu Kyi is the third child and only daughter of Aung San, considered to be the father of modern-day Burma.

The video from  u-tube of her release is below.