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About Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burma democracy leader and a Noble laureate. She is a nonviolent movement fighter for human rights and democracy in Burma (Myanmar). Aung San Suu Kyi was kept in detention for more than two decades.

Personal Biography

Aung San Suu Kyi was the third child in her family. She derived her name from three relatives - "Aung San" from her father, "Kyi" from her mother and "Suu" for grandmother.

In June 2008, it was reported that the Burmese junta has justified its detention of Suu Kyi, and wanted her to be beaten like a badly behaved child.

In May 2009, she denied violating Burmese regimes house arrest rules. In May 09, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi after the Burman authorities resumed the closed trial. In May 09, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent a message of personal support and solidarity to the arrested Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying that she is not alone in her fight to reinstate democracy in Burma. The UN Security Council has called Burma to release political prisoners including Suu Kyi and expressed concern on the political impact of the pro-democracy leader's trial. Meanwhile Suu Kyi said she will testify and defend herself after prosecutors have adruptly dropped the remaining nine witnesses. On May 27, 2009, restrictions on her are re-imposed as the trial entered its eighth day behind closed doors after a brief relaxation a day earlier that allowed journalists. In July 09, UN Secretary General Banki Moon was 'deeply disappointed' after he is denied second and final request to meet Suu Kyi.

In August 2009, Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years jail and hard labour by a court but the head of the ruling military junta commuted the punishment to 18 months house arrest.

In September 2009, she urged the ruling military junta to increase cooperation with her pro-democracy opposition in order to find a way to end sanctions on the country.

In December 2009, the Burmese Supreme Court has decided to hear Kyi's appeal against the 18-month extension of her house arrest.

In February 2010, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that he is appalled and saddened that Burma's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Suu Kyi to be freed from house arrest.

In May 2010, she reportedly expressed anger over her former colleagues forming a breakaway party to contest the upcoming general elections.

In June 2010, celebrating her 65th birthday, she made a desperate appeal to the world to use their liberty to help her country gain independence from military rule. US President Barack Obama has called on the country's military regime to free her.

Release from Detention

After decades of house arrest, Suu Kyi was released from detention in 2010.

She made her first international trip after her detention to Thailand and five countries in Europe, where she was accorded numerous honors.

Professional Biography

On 8 February 2011, The party of the Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that Western sanctions should be maintained in the country, refuting some analysts' opinion that restrictions hurt common people.

Aung San Suu Kyi's visit to United States

Suu Kyi went on a 17-day trip to the United States in September 2012. It is her second international trip after spending almost two decades in detention. Suu Kyi will attend various events in Washington, New York, Kentucky and Indiana during the trip. Her trip comes at a time when the US is considering relaxing economic sanctions on Burma.

She will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the United States Congress' highest civilian honor in her trip to Washington.

September 17, 2012: Suu Kyi arrives in Washington. Hours after Suu Kyi reached the United States, Burma has announced a new round of prison releases.

Suu Kyi will meet United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on September 18, 2012 and is also likely to make a visit to the White House. She will then head to New York.

September 21, 2012: Suu Kyi has visited the United Nations and received the 2012 Global Citizen Award from the Atlantic Council. Speaking on the occasion, Suu Kyi said, "Tonight I must pay tribute to my colleagues whose names are unknown to the world. Those unknown soldiers are so much bigger than others like me who are known and who had been given so many honors." The award was presented to her by Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a dinner at New York's Plaza Hotel.

September 29, 2012: Aung San Suu Kyi received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco. She was presented the degree by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Suu Kyi was given a key to the city of San Francisco by its Mayor Ed Lee.


A hand-knit woollen sweater made by Aung San Suu Kyi was sold at an auction for almost $50,000. A Myanmar-based radio station won the bidding. The auction was organized by the National League for Democracy party and the proceeds will go towards education of poor children.

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