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Updated: June 13, 2011 19:15 IST

Burmese hungry for justice: Aung San Suu Kyi

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar. File photo: AP.
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar. File photo: AP.

The 65—year—old Nobel laureate told a U.N. labour conference that Myanmar once seemed headed for success but "has fallen behind almost all the other nations in the region."

Burmese pro—democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her nation hungers for justice and progress and “Burma must not be allowed to fail and the world must not be allowed to fail Burma.”

The 65—year—old Nobel laureate told a U.N. labour conference that Myanmar once seemed headed for success but “has fallen behind almost all the other nations in the region.”

She said in a video message that efforts to eliminate forced labour, child soldiers and prisoners of conscience show “the hunger of our people for a society secured by acceptable norms of social justice joined to political and economic progress.”

The former military junta changed the nation’s name to Myanmar but many regime opponents still call it Burma. A civilian government has led since March.

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