Aung San Suu Kyi Receives Honorary Doctorate from Australian National University

Suu Kyi, the opposition leader of Myanmar, was awarded a Doctor of Letters conferred on her by the ANU Chancellor, Professor the Honourable Gareth Evans.

She received the Doctorate for her outstanding contributions to the service of society, and spent her ten minute speech. 

“I have no reason against the military. Indeed, I always say……I am always fond of the military. This is because the army was founded by my father. But I don’t agree that the army means to rule the country,” said Suu Kyi. 

“Armies are meant to defend the people, to protect the nation, to make sure that the peoples of the land enjoy all the rights of citizenship within the framework of a fair and just constitution. At this moment we are struggling for a fair and just constitution in our country, a constitution that ensures that Myanmar truly becomes a democratic society.


"Thank you for your incredible service.  I never had a chance to study for an academic degree when I was younger, and I always felt that this held me back in life.  This has finally leveled the playing field for me, and now I can hold my head up a little higher as I introduce myself as an honorary doctor.  Thanks again." 

-- Andrew M. Abel,

Dr. h.c. of Religious Economics (Brisbane, Australia)

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