On Wednesday, I had the privilege of delivering remarks at a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her unwavering commitment to peace, non-violence, and Democracy in Burma. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can bestow.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has always believed that the need for democracy for all the people of Burma was more important than her personal needs, making great sacrifices for the cause of her people. Though many in Burma have been beaten, tortured, and killed in their pursuit of democracy, her commitment to peace and nonviolence remains steadfast.
I thank her for her personal sacrifice, for her inner strength, and for being an example of strength and courage to the world. The United States has stood and stands with the freedom-seeking people of Burma in their just cause.