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Digression o' the Day for March 12, 1999

An extended interview with the Dalai Lama is here.   The Dalai Lama was among eight Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to attend a conference at UVA last fall.  The UVA conference page shows nine Laureates, but Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma was unable to attend, as, according to her representative who did attend the conference:

The reality is that although she is supposed to be free, she is not. How can you say she is free when she cannot meet with her husband and her children? They cannot visit her. They are not given visas by a military junta. She cannot get on the telephone to talk to them because, not only is the telephone line tapped when it is working, but most of the time it is cut. And even when it is not cut, when she talks to people, if the military thinks that the subject is not appropriate, they will cut the line. Apart from that, she cannot, as a leader of her party, move about freely to talk to members of her party, or even with executives of her party. And not everybody can just walk in to visit her--there are troops around, the roads are blocked, there are security agents all over the place. Is that freedom?

In connection with the conference, Oscar Arias Sanchez, the Laureate in 1987, met with students taking a law-school seminar devoted to the international legal aspects of the Peace Prize, co-taught by Professor Martin and myself.  Those pages include some links concerning the Peace Prize.

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