In 1988 Aung San Suu Kyi became the preeminent leader in Burma (now Myanmar) of the movement toward the reestablishment of democracy in that state. In 1991, while under housearrest, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Suu Kyi was released from her most recent house arrest term on November 2010.
Aung San Suu Kyi was internationally recognized as a vibrant symbol ofresistance to authoritarian rule. On 1989, the military coup leaders, who came to power on 1988, placed her under house arrest. Aung San Suu Kyi came from a distinguished Burmese family. Her father isknown as the founder of independent Burma and is widely revered in that country. He was assassinated, by a Burmese politician, prior to independence. That day remains a national remembrance holiday inMyanmar.
Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Burma on 1945. She spent her early years in Burma and then joined her mother to India in 1960. She was partly educated in secondary school in India and thenattended St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees studying politics, economics, and philosophy. She worked in the United Nations Secretariat, marrieda well-known scholar, she was a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Simla.
When her mother had a stroke, she came back to Rangoon, Myanmar, to help nurse her. While there, thetumultuous events took place. The popular rising against the previous socialist regime was a mass revolt against an authoritarian and economically failed administration.
On 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi gainednational recognition as the effective leader of the opposition National League for Democracy, she became the general secretary and was a charismatic and effective speaker in favor of democracy. She wasplaced under house arrest by the SLORC for attempting to split the army, a charge she consistently denied.
Although she was not allowed to run for office in the 1990, election, her party won 80...