Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has made an historic address to both British Houses of Parliament.
The speech was a high-spot of her emotional return to the UK and prime ministers past and present were among those giving her a rapturous reception.
The Nobel Peace icon was given a rousing introduction by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow who called her “the conscience of a country and a heroine for humanity”.
Suu Kyi, an Oxford graduate, lived with her family for years in Britain before heading home to its former colony in 1988 where she took up her fight for democracy.
“My country today stands at the start of a journey towards, I hope, a better future,” she told the two chambers whose members had gathered in Westminster Hall. “So many hills remain to be climbed, chasms to be bridged, obstacles to be breached. Our own determination can get us so far, the support of the people of Britain, and peoples around the world, can get us so much further.”
Burma also known as Myanmar is now reforming its once-oppressive political system. With Suu Kyi’s blessing, its president Thein Sein will also visit London soon to meet premier David Cameron.