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Aung San Suu Kyi to deliver 2011 Reith lectures

13th June 2011

Two of the 2011 BBC Reith lectures will be delivered by the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, it has been confirmed.

The themes for the two lectures, which will be delivered on Radio 4 later this month, will be dissent and liberty.

A further three lectures will be delivered in September by former MI5 director-general Baroness Manningham-Buller, dealing with the aftermath of the September 11th terrorists attacks ten years after the atrocities took place.

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for 'her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights', spent 15 years under house arrest after her National League for Democracy won the Burmese election by a landslide in 1990.

Her lectures will focus on her fight for freedom and similar struggles encountered by people across the world.

Radio 4 controller Gwyneth Williams said both Aung San Suu Kyi and Baroness Manningham-Buller will deliver thought-provoking lectures.

'These are two very different sides of a familiar story - the struggle for liberty and its defence,' she explained.

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