Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi known for her peaceful resistance in the face of oppression. She dedicated her life to bring democracy to military-ruled Myanmar also known as Burma. Suu Kyi is also seeking to become a presidential candidate, though she is currently barred under the constitution.
Here are the important facts need to know about her
- Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945.
- Her father General Aung San is considered as Myanmar's independence hero.
- At the age of 2 she lost her father who was assassinated during the transition period in July 1947.
- She came to India in 1960 with her mother Daw Khin Kyi, who had been appointed Myanmar's ambassador to Delhi.
- She spent most of the last two decades in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to military-ruled Myanmar.
- She was awarded Nobel peace Prize in 1991 for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.
- She was one of the founders of National League for Democracy (NLD).
- In the election held in 1990, the NLD won a clear victory.
- On 1 April 2012 she stood for parliament in a by-election.
- She and her fellow NLD candidates won a landslide victory and weeks later the former political prisoner was sworn into parliament.
- Suu Kyi remained under house arrest in Rangoon for six years, until she was released in July 1995.
- She was again put under house arrest in September 2000, while trying to travel to Mandalay in defiance of travel restrictions.
- She was released unconditionally in May 2002, but just over a year later she was put in prison following a clash between her supporters and a government-backed mob.
- Sui Kyi's last period of house arrest ended in November 2010 and her son Kim Aris was allowed to visit her for the first time in a decade.