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Rights Group Awards Prize To Burmese Political Activist


The group, called Rights and Democracy, is gave its John Humphrey Freedom Award to Su Su Nway Wednesday.

Su Su Nway is not able to attend the ceremony. She told the rights group she will leave Burma only when it achieves democracy.

Rights and Democracy says Su Su Nway's struggle for human rights and dignity has made her a symbol of courage to the people of Burma.

Su Su Nway won an unprecedented victory in Burmese courts last year against village officials after she and her neighbors were forced to repair a road without pay.

She was arrested shortly after her legal victory for allegedly threatening and swearing at authorities and served nine months in prison.

Rights and Democracy says Su Su Nway represents a selfless commitment to justice and her accomplishment is a tribute to the human spirit.

The information for this report is provided by Rights and Democracy and Toronto Star

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