A peaceful struggle of a Women against Dictatorship

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Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 in Rangoon, Burma. She was the youngest daughter of her parents – Ang San (father) and Daw Khin Kyi (mother). Religiously she believes on Theravada Buddhist and she was much inspired by Indian leader Mohandas Ghandhi.

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Her father played a very significant role in getting freedom from British Empire and he was the part of the discussions which had been made by the Burmese with British’s emperors in 1947. Her father had been seen as a most admirable personality amongst the Burmese people because of superb character and having greater love for his country and the people. On the year of Burma’s liberation in 1947, her father had been murder by his opponent political group and unfortunately he could not see to Burma as an independent state. One of her beloved brother Aung San Lin had been drowned in the lake, which is nearest to her house while presently her elder brother has become the citizen of USA and is living in San Diego, California.

Most of the early years of Aung San Suu Kyi spent in Burma, later on she joined to her mother who was appointed as a Burma’s Ambassador to India in 1960. She completed her secondary education in India and completed her graduation with politics from Shri Ram College, New Dehli, India in 1964. She acquired B.A. degree in politics, economics and philosophy from St. Hugh’s college, Oxford, England in 1969. In 1972 she got married with renowned scholar of Tibetan culture, living abroad in Bhutan Michael Vaillancourt Aris, earlier whose she had told that one day she must have to go to her country because their people need to her. Then in 1985 she received a Ph.D from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Suu Kyi’s two sons namely elder Alexander Aris and the younger Kim are settled in England.

Life in House Arrest – great services for Democracy

Since the beginning of her political career she was remained house arrest up to 15 to 21 years. First time she returned Burma in 1988 looking after to her sick mother, but later on she have to lead the democracy movement. In September 1994 Burmese leader General Than Shwe along with General Khin Nyunt met her which was the first meeting during detention. Last time she met with her husband Aris on Christmas in 1995. In 1997 Aris was diagnosed with prostate cancer, in spite of requesting by the powerful authorities such as the UN secretary general, UK and US presidents and Pop John Paul II to allow entry to Aris in Burma so that he can meet with her wife, but the military government did not issued visa to Aris and asked to Suu Kyi for making visit abroad for looking after her husband. Unfortunately Aris was passed away on 27th March 1999 while his wife was still under house arrest.

The country’s State Protection Act 10-b allows the authorities to imprison persons up to five years without trial and the law to protect the State against the risks of those wanting to cause Rebellious Act (article 10-a) as Suu Kyi possibly weaken the country’s peace and stability. Various appeals against her illegal detention have been rejected by the court.

At last on the winning of election by the Union Solidarity and Development party which were held after a longer gap of at least 20 years, the party signs the order of Suu Kyi’s release on 13 November 2010. Hence her releasing orders had also been expired on August 2009 as per the ruling of court.

Nobel Peace Prize

On the services for restoration of Democracy, Human rights and ethnic conciliation Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded with Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her peaceful struggle for democracy and human rights. The Norwegian Nobel committee acknowledged that Suu Kyi’s struggle has set an example of civil patience and great struggle against dictatorship.

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