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Son of Suu Kyi makes acceptance speech in 1991

Alexander Aris, the 18-year-old son of Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech on her behalf in Oslo in 1991.

He told the gathering in Oslo, his mother accepted the Nobel Peace Prize not in her own name but "in the name of all those men, women and children who...continue to sacrifice their well-being, their freedom and their lives in the pursuit of a democratic Burma."

Suu Kyi to make Nobel speech, 21 years late

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to make her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today, 21 years after she was awarded the honour.

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to speak in Oslo today. Credit: Reuters

The 66-year-old champion of democracy is being feted this month in European capitals after spending most of the past two decades kept under house arrest by Burma's military-backed dictatorship.

She received the prize in 1991 and used its cash reward to create scholarship programs for Burmese youth. Her two British-based sons and husband accepted the prize on her behalf in Oslo that year.