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Friday, November 12, 2010

Suu Kyi to be released

65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent much of the past two decades in house arrest, is supposed to be released on Saturday, Nov 13.
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi's supporters united at the headquarter of her political party to prepare for her expected release on Non 13.
Though the ruling junta has not confirmed the news of her release, a government official claimed, "The authorities will release her. It is certain."

The country held election on Nov 7 for the first time since May 27, 1990, however, the junta of the country barred her from participating in the election.
Critics called the polling a sham aimed at cementing the military's power as Suu Kyi's lawyer Nyan Win claimed on Nov 12, "There is no law to hold (Suu Kyi) for another day. Her detention period expires on Saturday (Nov 13) and she will be released."

Born-19 June 1945 (age 65)
Rangoon, British Burma
Alma mater-St Hugh's College, Oxford (B.A.)
SOAS (Ph.D.)
Occupation-Prime Minister-elect of Burma
Known for-Leading the Burmese Democracy Movement, 
General-Secretary of the National League for Democracy,
Religion-Theravada Buddhism
Awards-Nobel Peace Prize (1991)
Jawaharlal Nehru Award (1992)
Early life

Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, Burma, on June 19, 1945, the youngest of three children of Bogyoke (Generalissimo) Aung San and Daw Khin Kyi. (In Burma all names are individual and people do not have last names.) Her father is known as the founder of independent Burma in 1948 and is beloved in that country. He played a major role in helping Burma win independence from the British, and he was able to win the respect of different ethnic groups through the force of his personality and the trust he inspired. Her mother had been active in women's political groups before marrying Aung San, and the couple often hosted political gatherings in their home, even after the births of their children. In July 1947 Aung San, along with most of his cabinet, was assassinated by members of an opposing political group. He never saw his country become independent on January 4, 1948.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent her early years in Burma. She later joined her mother, who was appointed as Burmese ambassador (representative) to India in 1960. She was partly educated in secondary school in India and then attended St. Hugh's College, Oxford University, in England. While there, she studied politics, economics (the production, distribution, and use of goods and services), and philosophy (the study of ideas) and received her bachelor's and master's degrees. From her father she developed a sense of duty to her country, and from her mother, who never spoke of hatred for her husband's killers, she learned forgiveness. She also became influenced by the teachings of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948), who was a believer in nonviolent civil disobedience.

For two years Aung San Suu Kyi worked at the United Nations (U.N.) in New York, New York. In 1972 she married Michael Vaillancourt Aris, a well-known scholar she had met while studying at Oxford. They had two sons and settled in England. Before they were married, Aung San Suu Kyi warned her fiancé that the people of Burma might need her one day and she would have to go back. She served as a visiting scholar at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Japan, from 1985 to 1986 and at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Simla, India, in 1987.


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