Humanitarian activist and Nobel Peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is currently on her first official visit to the United States after her release in 2010 from a 15-year house arrest by the Burmese government. And guess what? She’s making time to tell her story with activists just like you.
This Thursday at 11:30AM ET, Aung San Suu Kyi is joining Amnesty International USA to share her experience as an opposition leader, long-time prisoner of conscience and now Member of Parliament at a town hall event in Washington, D.C. The event will be available to watch via livestream, which will be available to view here. MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner host Alex Wagner will moderate this exciting conversation.
Tune in Thursday at 11:30AM ET to watch the webcast here: http://amnestyusa.org/rightsgeneration
In addition to watching the event online, Amnesty International is also taking questions from activists. Submit your question in the online form here, and watch the livestream on Thursday to see if she answers your question.
Submit your question here: http://amnestyusa.org/askanicon
Some background information about Aung San Suu Kyi:
Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy, won overwhelmingly in the 1990 general election. But the Burmese government put her under house arrest for 15 of the following 21 years. During this time, her courage and resolve made her an inspiration and leader of human rights campaigns and democratic reform around the world.
While in Washington D.C., Aung San Suu Kyi has met with Secretary Hilary Clinton, among many others, and will receive Congress’ highest honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. She was awarded this medal four years ago while under house arrest. With Burma’s moves toward democratization and a thawing in US-Burmese relations Amnesty International will announce a challenge to US business as they begin to move into the newly opened country.