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Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Aung San Suu Kyi will speak to Congress


(Associated Press)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will make a rare appearance in Congress on Wednesday, testifying via video at a hearing in the House.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent years under house arrest by the military junta ruling Burma, also known as Myanmar. And so, when the invitation to testify came, she was reluctant to leave the country for fear that she would not be allowed back in, according to the office of Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.), who announced the hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on Monday.

“This hearing will highlight these sham elections and Burma’s difficult road ahead,” Manzullo said in a statement.

Suu Kyi, the daughter of the famous Burmese Gen. Aung San, has also some unfinished business in Congress. U.S. legislators awarded her a Congressional Gold Medal in 2008, but still has yet to give it to her because she remained under house arrest at the time.

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