Washington: Myanmar`s pro-democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the first time will address a key
US Congressional panel on the ground realities in the country.
Congressman Donald Manzullo of the US House
Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific today said he has
received a pre-recorded video message from Suu Kyi to be
played during the hearing on Wednesday.
Manzullo is co-author with Congressman Joseph Crowley
of the legislation that awarded 66-year-old democracy icon the
Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 (actual presentation of the
medal has yet to take place).
Amid talks with Washington on improving bilateral
ties, the military-backed regime has announced a political
Washington-based US campaign for Burma said the timing
of the hearing could not be more urgent, as the government
continues to launch military offensives against ethnic
resistance groups in the northern part of the country.
The offensives in Shan State and Kachin State has
driven nearly 20,000 refugees into hiding along the
China-Myanmar border and into China.
Additional witnesses include Aung Din, executive
director and co-founder of the the campaign and former
political prisoner from Myanmar and Dr Chris Beyrer, director
of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human
Dr Beyrer is the co-author of several studies on the
situation of public health and human rights in Myanmar.