As Myanmar’s pro-democracy activist Suu Kyi tries to become the face of a “new” Burma, striving for democratic reforms, the country’s western province of Rakhine remains under a state of emergency.
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Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to collect her Nobel peace prize after two decades during her two-week visit to Europe.

Suu Kyi won the prize in 1991 and she has been waiting for more than 20 years to collect the coveted title.

The pro-democracy leader has kicked off her 17-day Europe visit. Suu Kyi will be visiting the UK, Switzerland, France, Ireland and Norway where she will be accepting her prize.

This is her first visit since 1988 as she had spent the last two decades under house arrest. Suu Kyi will be addressing the British parliament during her visit.

She was released from her house arrest only in November 2010, and then she won a parliament seat in the Myanmar elections recently.

She made an overseas trip to Thailand in May which was her first abroad visit since her release.

"Each country will be different. I will know how backward [Burma] is when I reach the other countries. I would like to do my best for the interests of the people," she was quoted by the BBC as saying before her departure from Burma.

She will first arrive in Geneva to address the annual conference of the UN's International Labour Organisation on Thursday and later she will be seen accepting her much-awaited Nobel peace prize in Norway.

Suu Kyi will address both houses of the British parliament which is a rare honour. Oxford will be conferring an honorary doctorate on Suu Kyi, an alumnus of the university.

In Dublin, during a short visit, Suu Kyi will be receiving a special award from Amnesty International.

There is no official word from President Thein Sein on Suu Kyi's Europe tour.