WASHINGTON (REUTER) - Burmese dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi appealed for international solidarity in a commencement address read by her husband at American University on Sunday. Her speech was smuggled out of Burma and delivered by her husband Michael Aris, who accepted an honorary degree bestowed upon his wife, the Washington Post reported on Monday. The activist called for a "principled stand against companies" dealing with the military regime of Burma, urging the students to "please use your liberty to promote ours." Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest for five years, wrote of her struggle to bring democracy to Burma and the "duty to speak out." "Some are destined to lead tranquil lives...Others may find themselves in situations where they have to strive incessantly for the most basic of rights, the right to life itself," she said in the speech, according to the Post report. Despite arbitrary rule, "we can decide how much we are prepared to sacrifice for our beliefs," she said. Suu Kyi was arrested in 1989 and disqualified from elections in 1990, but her party won 82 percent of the vote, an outcome nullified by the regime. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.