Aung San Suu Kyi

Democracy activist, Politician

1945 –


Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Aung San Suu Kyi MP AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners.

Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India and the International Simón Bolívar Prize from the government of Venezuela. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country, the fourth person ever to receive the honour. In 2011, she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal. On 19 September 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi was also presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States.


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Jun 19, 1945
Also known as
  • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Daw Suu
  • Aunty Suu
  • Dr. Suu Kyi
  • Ms. Suu Kyi
  • Miss Suu Kyi
  • Theravada
  • Asian
  • Myanmar
  • Doctorate, University of London
    ( - 1985)
  • Bachelor of Arts, St Hugh's College, Oxford
    ( - 1969)
  • Economics
  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women
    ( - 1964)
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • SOAS, University of London
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Delhi
  • Gevernment of the Union of Myanmar
Lived in
  • Yangon
    (1988 - )
  • Kyoto
    (1985 - 1986)
  • London
    (1973 - 1985)
  • New York
    (1969 - 1971)
  • New Delhi
    (1960 - 1964)

on July 23, 2013

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