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Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi, October 2013Aung San Suu Kyi, October 2013 Aung San Suu Kyi (born 1945) is a human rights activist who has become an international symbol of peaceful protest in the face of political oppression. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, she spent large periods of time between 1989 and 2010 under house arrest in her home country of Myanmar (Burma). After her release in 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was elected a member of parliament and is now actively involved in politics in Myanmar.


Aung San with his family, 1947Aung San with his family, 1947

Suu Kyi, aged 6Suu Kyi, aged 6

Family background

Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon (now Yangon), Burma, in 1945. Her father was General Aung San, a nationalist leader who fought for Burma’s independence from Britain. In the aftermath of World War II, Aung San was a central figure in negotiations over Burmese independence, which were concluded in January 1947. But many people were dissatisfied with the agreement, and in July 1947 General Aung San was assassinated alongside six of his colleagues in the government council chamber in Rangoon. His daughter, Suu Kyi, was just two years old.

The 1988 mass demonstrations in Burma began on 8th August 1988 (8.8.88). They came to be known as the 8888 Uprising after this date.

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