Document - Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi visit to Oslo and Dublin

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

MEDIA ADVISORY

ASA 16/006/2012

12 June 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi visit to Oslo and Dublin

On 15 – 18 June, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician, human rights defender and former prisoner of conscience who spent some15 years under house arrest in Myanmar, will visit Ireland and Norway.

This historic trip is her first visit to Europe in more than two decades.

�On 16 June in Oslo, Norway Aung San Suu Kyi will accept the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 1991 for her peaceful struggle for democracy. At 12.00 – 13.15 GMT, she will give the Nobel lecture in Oslo City Hall.

�On the afternoon of 16 June, 15.00 – 17.00 GMT, a public celebration will be held in front of Oslo City Hall, where it is expected that Aung San Suu Kyi will give a short speech.

On 18 June, Art for Amnesty is hosting a concert in Dublin, Ireland, in her honour called ‘Electric Burma’. The concert is at 17.00 at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be presented with an Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award by Bono.

After the concert, at 20.30, Amnesty International Ireland will host a public event outside the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. It is expected that 5,000 people will attend to sing ‘happy birthday’ - Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday is 19 June - and that Suu Kyi will address the assembled crowd.

For information on press accreditation for any of these events, for images/video, or to arrange interview, please contact Katya Nasim at katya.nasim@amnesty.org / + 44 7904 398 103.

An Amnesty International delegation visited Myanmar in May 2012 - Al experts are available for interview to discuss the visit findings, and to discuss Suu Kyi’s work and impact.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General will attend events in Dublin and Oslo, and is available for interview.

Donna Jean Guest, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Director, will attend events in Dublin and Oslo, and is available for interview.

Donna Jean Guest is Amnesty International’s expert on Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She oversees Amnesty International’s research, advocacy and campaigning in this area. Donna Jean Guest has 33 years' experience in human rights and refugee work. She joined Amnesty International 23 years ago, conducting research on Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia.

In May 2012, she facilitated and led Al's first mission to Myanmar since 2003. This was also Donna’s third official visit to the country – she participated in two AI missions to Myanmar in 2003, meeting with government officials and visiting prisons.

She has extensive experience giving interviews to international, regional and national media in Southeast Asia, including live broadcast interviews and press conferences.

Languages: English

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