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Aung San Suu Kyi urges minority rights in first parliament address

07-25-2012 15:47 BJT

YANGON, July 25 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi made the first ever speech in the ongoing session of Myanmar's House of Representative (Lower House) in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday in support of a proposal on enacting a law protecting the rights of ethnic nationalities, the parliament said in its website.

The proposal was submitted to the session by U Ti Khun Myat, a parliamentarian of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

Citing the latest figures of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Suu Kyi noted that the development status in Myanmar is not satisfactory as the poverty rate of the whole country stands at 25. 6 percent in average with the rate being critical in ethnic states.

She pointed out that the poverty rate of some ethnic states stand even higher than the nation's average with Chin state 73.3 percent, Shan state 33.1 percent, Rakhine state 43.5 percent and Kachin state 28.6 percent, while that with Mon, Kayah and Kayin states being comparatively lower.

Pointing out that internal conflicts are still not ending, she urged necessary amendment or promulgation of law protecting the rights of the nationalities for the emergence of a democratic state based on "Panlong" union spirit.

Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy ( NLD), made her debut in the current 4th session of Myanmar's House of Representatives on July 9.

The parliament session is the second convened after the April 1 landmark by-elections.

The session, attended by over 400 parliament representatives, initially covered discussions on bills submitted by the parliamentarians.

The debut of Suu Kyi in the parliament came after her return from a 17-day tour to five European countries -- Switzerland, Norway, Britain, Ireland and France on June 30, before which she had also visited Thailand where she attended the World Economic Forum on East Asia.

NLD prioritizes three points out of its main aims, namely rule of law, internal peace and constitution amendments.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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