Aung San Suu Kyi by:Kelly Patterson

Hello I am Aung San Suu Kyi and I was born in Yangon, Myanmar on June 19th, 1945. I spent many many years living and examining different Foreigin lifestyles. I entered the University of Oxford and received a Bachelors degree in arts and I majored in Economics Philosophy and Economics. I went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize for my non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. This was an exceptional honor that I still cherish to this day, even if it took almost two decades to make my Nobel Peace prize speech!

After studying abroad I returned back home in 1988. I then led the opposition to the military juna that was ruling since 1962. I had then helped found the National League for Democracy (NLD), and was elected secretary general of the party. I found great inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi. Like Gandhi, I was very opposed to any kind of violence and demanded that the military give the power to the civilian government. I wanted to establish a democratic society in which all ethnic groups could cooperate in harmony and there would be peace in the country! There were over 5 thousand people that died in 1989 during a protest. we needed to make sure this was stopped!
IN 1990 there was an election and the NLD had won, but the generals did not allow the legislative assembly to convene. there was a dictatorship that would not recognize that we had won. THey decided to instead arrest members of the opposition and would not allow me to leave my house. I was under house arrest. i was put under house arrest for 15 of the 21 years since my previous arrest in 1989. I was offered to be released from house arrest if i would leave the countnry and there was no way i would take them up on this offer. I found that I was threatened more than not during these times. I was fighting with all I had to bring Burma to peace. I will need your help to contribute to non-violence.
In 2002 after i was released, i was finally allowed to travel throughout the country. i began holding meetings with the military but the dictatorship made it very difficult. they began harassing me at these meetings and making it very difficult. it had gotten so bad that in 2003 that they had organized an assassination on me and tried to make it a cover up using a civilian. to make matters worse, after my attack, i was placed on house arrest again until 2009. when my house arrest was coming to an end, i was then convicted of violating my house arrest, and was charged with three years of imprisonment. Thankfully, it only lasted 18 months. During my imprisonment, the nld was banned in burma.
In 2012 i was finally elected!!!! The National League for Democracy (NLD) won 43 out of the 45 seats contested in the by-election. i was now able to leave burma for the first time in 24 years! WHat an amazing feeling that was. i visited europe and thailand and made my first speech in parliament. i advocated for laws to protect ethnic minority rights. something that i still stand by today, with my life.

SOURCES:

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-facts.html

http://www.humanrights.com/voices-for-human-rights/daw-aung.html

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1848817_1848816_1848807,00.html

http://burmacampaign.org.uk/about-burma/a-biography-of-aung-san-suu-kyi/

Credits:

Created with images by Globalism Pictures - "Aung San Suu Kyi mural, Vine Street" • Northern Ireland Office - "Aung San Suu Aung San Suu Kyi visit to Belfast, 24 October 2013Kyi Wellington College 02" • VinothChandar - "Mahatma Gandhi" • Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) - "People's Beloved Leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi" • karen H. nickname.{ pooh} - "spread the love and peace 11" • Dominic's pics - "Aung San Suu Kyi"

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