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Suu Kyi to lecture on dissent and liberty on BBC

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will give two lectures on BBC Radio in English on the themes of dissent and liberty on 28 June.

According to the BBC, the lectures are part of a wider series, titled ‘Securing Freedom’ reflecting on global events of the past year.

The lectures will be part of the 2011 Reith Lectures, an annual broadcast.

Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in Rangoon in November 2010.

The pro-democracy leader is a fan of the BBC. ‘When I was under house arrest, it was the BBC that spoke to me––I listened’, she told the BBC.

According to an announcement by the BBC on Friday, Suu Kyi's first lecture will examine the notion of dissent, and will draw on her personal experience as a campaigner for democracy.

Her second lecture will explore the notion of democracy, and the responsibility of the international community towards authoritarian regimes, with reference to recent events in the Middle East.

Suu Kyi will share the stage in the lectures with Britain's former spymaster. To mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Eliza Manningham-Buller will offer a unique perspective on the event, its impact on the world and the repercussions from it. She will consider the role of security intelligence and reflects more broadly on the threats to freedom and the means of countering them.

Eliza Manningham-Buller was director general of MI5, the British security service, from October 2002 until her retirement in April 2007.

The BBC said that normally the Reith Lectures are delivered in person in front of a live audience, but due to the exceptional circumstances, Suu Kyi's lectures were recorded in Burma this week.

The Reith Lectures were created as a ‘stimulus to thought and contribution to knowledge’, and were named in honour of the BBC's first Director-General, Lord Reith. The inaugural lectures were broadcast in 1948.

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