Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her *non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights*, and as *one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades*.
In the good fight for peace and reconciliation, we are dependent on persons who set examples, persons who can symbolise what we are seeking and mobilise the best in us. Aung San Suu Kyi is just such a person. She unites deep commitment and tenacity with a vision in which the end and the means form a single unit. The central position given to human rights in her thinking appears to reflect a real sense of the need to protect human dignity. Man is not only entitled to live in a free society; he also has a right to respect. And in her case this is more than just a theory: she has gone a long way towards showing how such a doctrine can be translated into practical politics.
Excerpt from the Award Speech 1991
12th of June 2012 saw the long-awaited commemoration of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize award, and framed what the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Mr Jagland declared as one of the most remarkable events in the entire history of the Nobel Prize.
For the full length of his ceremonial speech click here
Also read Aung San Suu Kyis own Nobel Lecture.