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Aung San Suu Kyi

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Christie Kwan

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Background photo by t.shigesa Myanmar (Burma) How she started Biography Aung San Suu Kyi -born on June 19th, 1945 in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar) Freedom to Lead -"Aung San" for father, "Kyi" for mother, "Suu" for grandmother -leader of the National League for democracy (NLD) -referred as "The Lady" -studied at Oxford Universitiy; political science and economics -located in Southeast Asia -outlawed political parties that have opposed it and ignored the results of democratic elections -formed a new political party made up almost entirely of military officers -took over all banks , schools , and communication systems -she worked on committee that kept track of the finances for all UN departments and programs -her friend, Daw Than E, encouraged her to work for UN -the delegates would give her news about what was really happening in Burma - March 12, 1988, a fight broke out between a group of students and some local men -students and other citizens were outraged, and they took to the streets in protest -student was stabbed and the local men were arrested -when it was discovered that one of the men was the son of a government official, they were all set free -hundreds of ppl were killed and hundreds more were beaten and dragged off to prison Massacre -"Four Eighth strike'; August 8, 1988 -speeches against the military government and its policies -trucks full of armed soldiers surrounded the crowd at City Hall -U Tin U, a former general, and U Nu, the prime minister, urged Suu Kyi to take part of the democracy movement - State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC)
-the National League of Democracy (NLD) -July 20 1989 U Tin U and U Nu were arrested and taken to prison and soldiers surrounded Suu Kyi’s home and placed her under house arrest Recognition and Awards -October 1991 won Nobel Peace Prize -1992: won Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the government of Venezuela. -2000: won the Medal of Freedom by the U.S Government -1990: received the Rafto Price and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought -2007: the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country -2011: awarded the Wallenberg Medal -September 19,2012: presented with the Congressional Gold Medal Video "Blessed are they who hunger
and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied" -thirst for justice and freedom in Burma "Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God" -demanded to be sent to the same prison with the NLD leaders when they were arrested "Blessed are they who are persecuted
for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." -freedom from oppression -violence of the Four Eights strike convinced Suu Kyi to do something for her country -she called for the Burmese people to make democracy their goal and demanded that the military government abandon the one-party political system and hold free elections “This is not a time for anyone who cares to stay out. As my father’s daughter, i felt i had a duty to get involved” -the SLORC refused, so she adopted the nonviolent tactics of Mahatma Ghandi and began a hunger strike -she refused to eat until the government guaranteed the proper treatment of her friends -she was cut off from her family and friends, but her sense of duty and self-discipline kept her going "We don't know what will happen in Burma tomorrow, but it is important that we are ready for change and transition when it takes place.Therefore I want to be part of the struggle to build a more peaceful and just society, and use the skills I have gained to benefit the country as a whole." -willing to lose what she has for what is right without certainty of being repaid for it have a rather large reward waiting for her. -confined in her own house -she was cut off from her family and friends, but her sense of duty and self-discipline kept her going "The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations." -voice of reason -non- violence political change -strong and humble "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it." "The four basic ingredients for success are: you must have the will to want something; you must have the right kind of attitude; you must have perseverance, and then you must have wisdom. Then you combine these four and then you get to where you want to get to." Bibliography -"Aung San Suu Kyi" (http://www.biography.com/people/aung-san-suu-kyi-9192617) (April 26,2013) -"A biography of Aung San Suu Kyi" (http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/index.php/burma/about-burma/about-burma/a-biography-of-aung-san-suu-kyi) (April 26, 2013) -William Thomas, Aung San Suu Kyi (World Almanac Library, 2005), 48 pages
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