Fought against former socialist leader General Ne-Win
She has spent more than 15 years in under full watch (detention), most of it under house arrest.
Early Life Born on June 19th, 1945 Daughter of Aung San who died when she was 2 years old Educated in Burma, India, and the United Kingdom Went to oxford where she met her husband Michael Aris
Political Causes In 1988, Aung San SuuKyi returned home to Burma Became part of the country’s nationwide democracy uprising The military responded to the uprising with mass killing of innocent people The “8888 Uprising”
Political Effects The 8888 Uprising inspired Aung San SuuKyi Helped found the NLD, appointed Gen. Secretary In 1990, Burmese dictatorship was forced to hold a general election. ASSK was banned from personally standing in election. NLD won majority of seats in Parliament, but results were ignored.
House Arrest Held under house arrest until July, 1995 In 2000- put under house arrest again In 2002, she was released again with freedom to travel the country but detained after the Depayin Massacre No phone line, no mail, and no security.
Economic Causes In 2011, Aung San SuuKyi addressed the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos She spoke on behalf of “55 million people of Burma who have largely been left behind.”
Economic Effects Promoted national reconciliation Human development and economic growth More jobs for the unemployed Genuine democratization
Social Causes Her commitment to democracy has caused her more than 15 years in detention and physical attacks on her and her supporters
Social Effects Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 Known as “The Lady” or “The Lady of Burma”
Solution #1- She became a symbol of her nation in the fight for democracy Negative Positive She became a symbol of her people because you have to stand firm against the opposition Makes her own people be braver because it gives them a ray of hope that you don’t need to be fierce to be strong She had to stay detained and under house arrest for more than 15 years She dealt with physical attacks and innocent deaths of her supporters
Solution #2- Grow Support for her Cause Negative The people who benefit from the socialist regime have a harder time supporting Aung San SuuKyi’s views Positive All that she fought for will finally make a difference
Best Solution: I think the best solution is to think of “The Lady of Burma” as a symbol of the struggle of the Burmese people’s desire to be free. Anybody can look up to her for hope when they don’t believe they can stand up for what they believe in.
How Can I Help? I can help by continuing to struggle for human rights I did this by joining the organization, Amnesty International, to help support the fight to end abuses of human rights.