Suu Kyi Father: was the de facto prime minister of British Burma, was assassinated in 1947.
Her mother, Khin Kyi, was appointed ambassador to India in 1960.
Suu Kyi obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Oxford in 1969,
1972 she married
She had two children and the family spent the 1970s and 1980s in England, the United States and India
Suu Kyi returned to Burma 1988 because her mother was dying. This was during the slaughter of protesters rallying against U Ne Win and his iron-fisted rule.
She began speaking out against him, with democracy and human rights at the fore of her struggle.
It did not take long for the junta to notice her efforts, and in July of 1989, the military government of Burma or "Union of Myanmar" put Suu Kyi under house arrest and cut off any communication she might have with the outside world.
At this time she refused to leave her country despite being offered freedom, and continued to fight for a democratic, stable government
In November 2011, the National League for Democracy announced that it would re-register as a political party, and in January 2012, Suu Kyi formally registered to run for a seat in parliament.
She became politically active in 1988
The Burmese junta violently killed thousands of civilians.
Suu Kyi wrote an open letter to the government asking for the formation of an independent committee to hold democratic elections.
Disregarding a government ban on political gatherings of more than four people
Her mother’s dying state in 1988 is what brought her back to Burma
Since then she has dedicated her entire life to making Burma a country of democracy and fairness.
The Union military told Suu Kyi that if she agreed to leave the country, they would free her, she refused to do so, explaining that her struggle would continue until the junta released the country to civilian government and political prisoners were freed.
In 1990, a election was held, and the party which Suu Kyi was now apart of—the National League for Democracy—won more than 80 percent of the parliamentary seats. The election results, though, were ignored by the junta. Twenty years later, they formally annulled the results.
Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in July 1995
Three years later, she founded a representative committee and declared it as the country's legitimate ruling body, and in response, in September 2000, the junta once again placed her under house arrest. She was released in May of 2002.
In 2003, the NLD clashed in the streets with pro-government demonstrators, and Suu Kyi was yet again arrested and placed under house arrest. Her sentence was then renewed yearly, and the international community came to her aid each time, calling continually for her release
May of 2009, just before she was set to be released from house arrest, Suu Kyi was arrested yet again, this time charged with an actual crime—allowing an intruder to spend two nights at her home, a violation of her terms of house arrest.
That same year, the United Nations declared that Suu Kyi's detention was illegal, under Myanmar law. In August, however, Suu Kyi went to trial, and was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. The sentence was reduced to 18 months, however, and she was allowed to serve it as a continuation of her house arrest.
One law prohibited convicted criminals from participating in elections, and another barred anyone married to a foreign national from running for office (Suu Kyi's husband was English).
In support of Suu Kyi, the NLD refused to re-register the party under these new laws and was disbanded. The government parties ran virtually unopposed in the 2010 election and easily won a vast majority
As well as being separated from her husband, Suu Kyi was also separated from her children who live in United Kingdom. Since 2011, they have visited their mother in Burma on several occasions.
Time of Crisis
When Suu Kyi returned to Burma, and saw the devastation in which her country was facing due to the extreme views by their military government.
Ironically, she moved to Burma to nurse her ailing mother but became engaged in the country’s nationwide democratic uprising so much so that she became the face for democratic and free Burma.
Gen. NE WIN dominated the government from 1962 to 1988, first as military ruler, then as self-appointed president, and later as political kingpin.
Though Suu Kyi, after many years, was able to create a democracy within a country that was completely controlled by a totalitarian military government, she did not do so easily.
Many countries today are going through the same turmoil, such as North Korea, where citizens are being starved and treated very poorly.
In 1991, Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. She has also received the Rafto prize (1990), the International Simón Bolívar Prize (1992) and the Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1993), among other accolades.
In December 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 400–0 to give Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal. Suu Kyi was the first person in American history to receive the prize while imprisoned.
On April 1, 2012, after an intense campaign, the NLD announced that Suu Kyi had won her election
Burma is still not perfect, there are still riots, and those opposed toa democratic government.
Suu Kyi continues her practice as a politician
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