The Lady and the Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma by Peter PophamPeter Pophams major new biography of Aung San Suu Kyi draws upon previously untapped testimony and fresh revelations to tell the story of a woman whose bravery and determination have captivated people around the globe. Celebrated today as one of the worlds greatest exponents of non-violent political defiance since Mahatma Gandhi, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize only four years after her first experience of politics.
In April 1988, Suu Kyi returned from Britain to Burma to nurse her sick mother but, within six months, found herself the unchallenged leader of the largest popular revolt in her countrys history. When the party she co-founded won a landslide victory in Burmas first free elections for thirty years, she was already under house arrest and barred from taking office by the military junta.
Since then, The Lady has set about transforming her country ethically as well as politically, displaying dazzling courage in the process. Under house arrest for 15 of the previous 20 years, she has come close to being killed by her political enemies and her commitment to peaceful revolution has come at extreme personal cost.
In November 2010, after fraudulent elections in which she played no part, Suu Kyi was again freed. She was greeted by ecstatic crowds but only time will tell what role this remarkable woman will have in the future of her country.
Key facts about Aung San Suu Kyi
She held multiple governmental posts since , including that of state counselor , which essentially made her the de facto leader of the country. He was assassinated in Her mother was Khin Kyi, a prominent Burmese diplomat. Aung San Suu Kyi was two years old when her father, then the de facto prime minister of what would shortly become independent Burma, was assassinated. She attended schools in Burma until , when her mother was appointed ambassador to India. After further study in India, she attended the University of Oxford , where she met her future husband, the British scholar Michael Aris.
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's fight against military dictatorship, was freed from house arrest today, just days after a military-backed party won the first election in two decades. Here are some facts about Ms Suu Kyi, who went from being an housewife in England to a Nobel peace prize laureate detained for 15 of the last 21 years because of her fight for democracy in the former Burma. Her mother, Khin Kyi, was also a prominent figure. In , she married British academic Michael Aris. Keen to continue her father's legacy, she entered politics and helped set up the National League for Democracy NLD party, becoming its secretary-general and calling for an end to military rule. The next year, even without her, the NLD won of parliamentary seats in Burma's first election in almost 30 years. The military refused to relinquish power.
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Reuters - A Myanmar court found opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty on Tuesday of violating a security law, a ruling likely to trigger condemnation around the world and further isolate the military regime. Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years in prison, which was reduced by half by the ruling junta. Authorities will allow Suu Kyi to serve her sentence at her Yangon home. Here are five facts about Suu Kyi, who went from being an English country housewife to an incarcerated Nobel peace laureate because of her fight for democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Her mother Daw Khin Kyi was also a prominent public figure. In she married British academic Michael Aris.