It is International Peace Day, today. It also happens to be the day that the Burmese human rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi visits the United Nations for the first time in over two decades.
Fresh from receiving honors from the United States Congress and meeting with President Obama at the White House, the Nobel Laureate paid a visit to her old employer: the United Nations. After a meeting with Ban Ki Moon the two stood together for a very brief press conference. Ban hailed her as a “global symbol of human rights” and praised her work, now as a member of the Myanmar parliament, to help her country transition to democracy.
This being International Peace Day, Aung San Suu Kyi offered her own pearl of wisdom on the topic. “If you want peace,” she said. “You have to remove hatred in the hearts of human beings.”