Published Date: 24 June 2009
Burma’s jailed democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Ulster.
The Nobel Peace Laureate will be awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) in absentia at the university’s forthcoming graduation ceremony in Derry.
The pro-democracy activist has led peaceful and non-violent resistance against the Burmese dictatorship for more than 20 years and won the right to be prime minister in the 1990 election despite being put under house arrest.
She continues her fight for democracy and freedom for the people of Burma despite her imprisonment by the Burmese authorities.
The degree will be accepted on her behalf by Mra Razam Linn who will deliver a speech written by Aung San Suu Kyi at the graduation ceremony which takes place at Derry’s Millennium Forum on Tuesday, July 7.
Also receiving an honorary degree at the Derry graduation ceremony will be singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul Brady.
The Strabane-born artist is to receive the degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his services to traditional Irish music and songwriting.
He started performing at the age of 16 and was a member of several rhythm and blues bands before recording an album of traditional Irish music in 1976.
He went on to record many other albums in genres spanning rock, pop and Irish, while also enjoying considerable success as a song writer.
Brady has penned songs for artists such as Tina Turner, Garth Brooks and Santana