Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi heads to Hawaii for peace honour

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 2:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 6:51pm

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is flying to Hawaii to accept a peace award.

The lawmaker and Nobel Peace laureate will deliver an address at the Rotary Global Peace Forum meeting in Honolulu and accept an award lauding her commitment to nonviolent activism and human rights. The trip will be her first to the American island state.

Rotary is a global humanitarian organisation with more than 1.2 million members.

Suu Kyi flew out of Myanmar’s main city of Yangon on Thursday. She is also due to visit South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the this year Special Olympics.

Suu Kyi spent most of the last two decades under house arrest in Myanmar but traveled abroad last year amid a wave of reforms that have opened the country.