Watch Aung San Suu Kyi's Message to Congress
Yesterday, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific held a hearing entitled “Piercing Burma’s Veil of Secrecy: The Truth Behind the Sham Election and the Difficult Road Ahead.” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi prerecorded a video address for the hearing. This was the first time she had the opportunity to directly address a committee of the U.S. Congress.
You can read the transcript of her speech – click here
Here is one of the important quotes from her address:
“Professor Quintana has spoken of the need for a commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Burma. I support his call for such a commission, making it quite clear that a commission of inquiry is not tribunal. It is simply a commission of inquiry to find out what human rights violations have taken place and what we can do to ensure that such violations do not take place in the future. I would appreciate everything that is done to help Professor Quintana in his work. Because, unless we respect the work of the Human Rights Rapporteur, I do not think we will be able to make much progress towards the implementation of the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council.”
You can also read the full testimonies of the other witnesses, Dr. Chris Beyrer, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights and Aung Din, Executive Director and Co-Founder, U.S. Campaign for Burma can be found at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs website.