Suu Kyi Advocates for Minorities

    Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a regular session at the lower house parliament in Naypyidaw on July 25, 2012. Suu Kyi on July 25 called for laws to protect the rights of the strife-torn nation's myriad ethnic minorities in her inaugural address to the fledgling parliament.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Aung San Suu Kyi took to the floor of Burma’s Parliament Wednesday for the first time to speak out in support of new laws backed by the country’s ruling party that would offer more protection for ethnic minorities. Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, was sworn into Burma’s newly founded semi-civilian-run Parliament last year after spending nearly two decades under house arrest demanded by the country’s former repressive regime. Her speech today marks the significant change her country has undergone. Suu Kyi spoke on behalf of Burma’s ethnic minorities who have long suffered discrimination and underdevelopment, arguing that new legislation should be “based on equality, mutual respect, and confidence for the emergence of a genuine democratic union.”

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