Myanmar premier to receive French honor

Jan. 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

PARIS, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe will award Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi with the Legion d'honneur, officials announced Friday.

President Nicolas Sarkozy informed Suu Kyi via phone that she was to receive France's highest honor for the recent release of journalists and other prisoners, Radio France Internationale reports.

The mass prisoner amnesty freed some prominent dissidents and a former premier, as well as members of the "'88 Generation Students" group, which was at the forefront of a failed uprising in 1988 in which thousands died.

Reporters Without Borders issued a statement urging the Myanmar government to release the remaining detained journalists: "Once all the detainees have been freed, we hope the government will also address the need for reforms and the need to end censorship in Burma."

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