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Hawaii peace honour for Suu Kyi

Yangon, Myanmar -

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is flying to Hawaii to accept a peace award.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, centre, arrives at Yangon International Airport to begin her tour to America. Credit: AP

The lawmaker and Nobel Peace laureate will deliver an address at the Rotary Global Peace Forum meeting in Honolulu and accept an award lauding her commitment to non-violent activism and human rights. The trip will be her first to the American island state.

Rotary is a global humanitarian organisation with more than 1.2 million members.

Suu Kyi flew out of Myanmar's main city of Yangon on Thursday. She is also due to visit South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics.

Suu Kyi spent most of the last two decades under house arrest in Myanmar but travelled abroad in 2012 amid a wave of reforms that have opened the country. - Sapa-AP

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