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Aung San Suu Kyi is the flag bearer of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. To know more about life of Aung San Suu Kyi, read this brief biography and profile.
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Famous as: Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar
Born on: 19 June 1945 Famous 19th June Birthdays
Born in: Yangon (Rangoon), Burma (Myanmar)
Zodiac Sign: Gemini Famous Geminis
Works & Achievements: Leader of the National League for Democracy; Nobel Peace Prize Winner (1991)
Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced as Ong San Soo Chee) is the leading face of the pro-democracy movement and a leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar. Suu Kyi is one of the world's most renowned freedom fighters and advocates of nonviolence. Born to a Burmese military officer Aung San and Daw Khin Kyi, Aung San followed the footprints of her father and emerged as a central figure of the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar. Active in politics since 1988, Aung San has spent most of her time under several house arrests and bans and is currently under detention by the military junta. The venerated leader has won many national and international awards including Sakharov Prize from the European Parliament in 1990, United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award from India and Rafto Human Rights Prize and was awarded the honorary Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle against the dictatorship in year 1991.
Aung San Suu Kyi completed her basic education at schools in Rangoon and moved to India following her mother’s appointment as Myanmar’s envoy to India in 1960. Suu Kyi continued her studies in India. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi in 1964. After graduating she went to Oxford University for further studies and completed her BA in philosophy, politics, and economics at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University in 1967.
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In 1988, Suu Kyi returned to Myanmar to nurse her ailing mother and plunged into the nationwide uprising for the establishment of democracy. It all happened following the resignation of General Ne Win on July 23, 1988. Suu Kyi, in an open letter to the military government asked to establish a rule of the people in Myanmar. On 8 August, 1988, people, raising pro-democracy slogans assembled at the prominent places of the capital. The event led to a mass slaughter carried out by the ruling junta against the uprising throughout country. The military regime killed over 10,000 demonstrators, including students, women, and children – in a span of months.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI TIMELINE
Aung San Suu Kyi born in Rangoon.
General Aung San assassinated
The Independent Union of Myanmar is established.
Daw Khin Kyi appointed Myanmar's ambassador to India. Suu Kyi accompanies mother to New Delhi.
Suu Kyi at high school and Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.
Oxford University, B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh's College
She goes to New York for study. Postponing studies, Suu Kyi joins U.N. Secretariat as Assistant Secretary.
January 1. Marries Michael Aris
They return to England for birth of Alexander in London.
Michael assumes appointment at Oxford University.
Birth of second son, Kim at Oxford.
Publishes "Aung San"
Publishes "Let's Visit Myanmar" also books on Nepal and Bhutan
Visiting Scholar, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Alexander and Kim take part in traditional Buddhist ceremony of initiation into monk-hood.
Moves her ailing mother to family home on University Avenue in Rangoon.
Suu Kyi continues campaign despite harassment, arrests and killings by soldiers.
Despite detention of Suu Kyi, NLD wins election with 82% of parliamentary seats. SLORC refuses to recognise results.
Suu Kyi granted 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize.
European Parliament awards Suu Kyi Sakharov human rights prize.
Norwegian Nobel Committee announces Suu Kyi as the Winner of 1991 Peace Prize.
December "Freedom from Fear" was published.
Suu Kyi announces that she will use $1.3 million prize money to establish health and education trust for Burmese people.
Group of Nobel Peace Laureates, denied entry to Myanmar
SLORC releases Suu Kyi from house arrest after six years of detention.
Her husband, Michael Aris died of cancer.
She was detained again.
Released after two years.
Detained ever since.