Daw Aun San Suu Kyi
Daw Aun San Suu Kyi was a leader of the nonviolent movement
for human rights and the revivals of democracy, and Novel laureate.
She was born in Yangon and educated in India and England. She
went to the University of Oxford. In 1997, she received an honorary
degree in law from the American University in Washington D.C.
her mother was a prominent diplomat and her father is acknowledged
widely as the founder of Myanmar. Sui Kyi's weiting reflected
on the early assassination of her father, U Aung San, in 1947.
Through her writings she grained her arguments and methods of
nonviolence founded by Mohandas Gandhi. Suu Kyi was awarded
the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. And in 1991 she also
won the Nobel Peace Prize.
She used nonviolent strategies
of peaceful rallies to face threats from the military. This
was effective in stopping the military from obstructing free
elections. Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest in July of
1989 by the military government. It was illegal to stage mass
gatherings in Myanmar. The National League for Democracy also
known as the NLD landed 80 percent of the parliamentary seats
in May of 1990. The military responded by refusing to allow
the elected parliament to assemble. Suu Kyi remained in house
arrest for six years until July 10, 1995. By then, her arrest
and confinement had attracted nation and international attention
to Myanmar. However after her release, she continued to fight
for a democracy in Myanmar even though the military government
banned her from leading the NLD. In May of 1996 the Nation League
for Democracy members attempted to hold a meeting commemorating
the 1990 elections. And because of this, Suu Kyi was once again
placed under house arrest.