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Lecture 1: Aung San Suu Kyi on Liberty

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25 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 June 2011

The Burmese pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, explores what freedom means in the first of the 2011 Reith Lecture series, 'Securing Freedom'.

Reflecting on her own experience under house arrest in Burma, she explores the universal human aspiration to be free and the spirit which drives people to dissent.

She also comments on the Arab Spring, comparing the event that triggered last December's revolution in Tunisia with the death of a student during a protest in Burma in 1988.

  • DOWNLOAD THE REITH LECTURES PODCAST

    DOWNLOAD THE REITH LECTURES PODCAST

    Listen again to Aung San Suu Kyi's Reith Lectures on liberty and dissent by downloading the free BBC podcast.

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  • READ THE TRANSCRIPT : LECTURE ONE: LIBERTY

    READ THE TRANSCRIPT : LECTURE ONE: LIBERTY

    Read the transcript of Aung San Suu Kyi's first Reith Lecture, entitled 'Liberty', in which she examines the universal human aspiration to be free.

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  • JOIN THE REITH LECTURES CONVERSATION

    JOIN THE REITH LECTURES CONVERSATION

    The BBC hosted a live online debate during the broadcast of Aung San Suu Kyi's first Reith Lecture. Share your thoughts on the Radio 4 blog.

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  • EXPLORE THE REITH LECTURES ARCHIVE

    EXPLORE THE REITH LECTURES ARCHIVE

    The BBC has published Reith Lectures archive spanning over 60 years. You can listen, download and read the transcripts of over 240 radio programmes.

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  • FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BURMA

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BURMA

    Read, listen and watch the latest reports about developments in Burma, via the BBC News website.

    Read more on Burma's struggle
  • DOCUMENTARY ARCHIVE: FREEDOM FROM FEAR

    DOCUMENTARY ARCHIVE: FREEDOM FROM FEAR

    How did Aung San Suu Kyi get swept up into Burmese politics, becoming one's of the world's most famous political prisoners?

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