Aung San Suu Kyi: All you need to know about Myanmar's opposition leader, democracy champion

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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.

Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?

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.
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