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Congress Gives Suu Kyi Its Top Civilian Honor

Myanmar heroine gets Congressional Gold Medal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2012 6:53 PM CDT
Congress Gives Suu Kyi Its Top Civilian Honor
President Obama meets with Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office Wednesday.   (Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Lawmakers united by their respect of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today presented her with Congress' highest civilian honor in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. Suu Kyi described it as "one of the most moving days of my life." She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 while under a 15-year house arrest for her peaceful struggle against military rule. Afterward, she met privately at the White House with President Obama. They appeared relaxed and were smiling as they talked in the Oval Office. Neither made formal comments to the media. (Read more Aung San Suu Kyi stories.)

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