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Suu Kyi to accept her Nobel in person; others didn't [Video]

June 16, 2012 |  4:00 am

Aung San Suu Kyi was to give her Nobel Peace Prize speech on Saturday in Oslo, 21 years after she got the award. Suu Kyi had long feared leaving Myanmar because she didn’t know whether its military government would let her return. The video above shows her sons and late husband  accepting the prize for her in 1991.

Her trip to Europe this week was feted as a sign of change in Myanmar, which allowed her opposition party to stand for elections this year. Here are the stories of some other Nobel laureates who didn't -- or couldn't -- pick up their prizes, drawn from The Times' archives.

Liu Xiaobo (2010)

A giant photo of Liu smiled out on the audience a few feet away from the potently symbolic empty chair where he would have sat had China allowed him to receive the award in Oslo, Norway. Liu, 54, is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion of state power" because he helped draft a manifesto known as Charter 08 calling for democratic reform.
... Infuriated by the Nobel committee's decision, China had tried for weeks to pressure countries around the world to skip the ceremony, and even gave out a competing peace award earlier this week. But in the end, fewer than two dozen nations, among them Russia and Pakistan, stayed away.

Lech Walesa (1983)


Andrei Sakharov (1975)


Le Duc Tho (1973)


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1970)


Jean-Paul Sartre (1964)                 


Boris Pasternak (1958)


Carl Von Ossietzky (1936)



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