Today, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) issued the following statement, welcoming Aung San Suu Kyi to Fort Wayne.
"For those of us surrounded by comfort, it can be easy to take freedom for granted," said Stutzman. "Ms. Suu Kyi reminds us that human freedom comes at a high price. Democracy depends on men and women of courage who overcome fear and doubt by drawing strength from their devotion to justice and sense of compassion. Ms. Suu Kyi has stood boldly against the injustice in Burma and offers her countrymen a vision of democracy and change. It is an honor for Hoosiers to join one of the largest Burmese communities in the United States to celebrate her accomplishments. We are proud to offer refuge to a community that has fled oppression and continues to work for lasting freedom for their families in Burma."
Suu Kyi endured fifteen years as a political prisoner under house arrest and was the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Last week, she was presented a Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of her unwavering commitment to human rights and promotion of democracy in Burma.