Born in: Yangon. Reuters spoke to friends, advisers, diplomats and other long-time observers of Suu Kyi. She was swept into power in a landslide 2015 election that many around the world hoped would bring greater freedom and stability to her country. Indira Gandhi was India's third prime minister, serving from 1966 until 1984, when her life ended in assassination. On April 1, 2012, following a grueling and exhausting campaign, the NLD announced that Suu Kyi had won her election. “I’m very happy to see you all again”Suu Kyi to supporters after her 2010 release from house arrest. This Rakhine man with homemade weapons walks near houses set alight during the fighting.For years, the Rohingya have endured apartheid-like conditions in western Myanmar, with limited access to health, education and other basic services. The military then installs a quasi-civilian government led by a former general, Thein Sein. Some say she hasn’t been sympathetic to ethnic minorities and was slow to grasp the scale and brutality of the military’s campaign against the Rohingya. “Her resolve was to throw everything at it and see how much she could extract,” he says. She is released in 1995 and regularly speaks to large crowds outside her gates (pictured). “Tragically, she is surrounded by leftovers of the military regime that attacked her when she was a dissident.”. This triggers a military-led campaign of murder, rape and arson that drives more than 700,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. She is born in 1945, the daughter of General Aung San, Myanmar’s independence hero and the founder of its modern military. In November 2015, the NLD wins a general election by a landslide thanks to what Rudd calls “the galvanizing figure and force of Aung San Suu Kyi.” She assumes power in the specially created role of state counselor amid renewed hopes that her government will fix Myanmar’s troubled democratic transition. “What is it that makes people hate?” Suu Kyi asked Ann Pasternak Slater, an old friend, when they met in November 2017. “She did not lead the mass movement in 1988. Three years later, she founded a representative committee and declared it the country's legitimate ruling body. In this visual history, Reuters traces the journey of Suu Kyi and her troubled nation. “Now, if I were to take sides in the situation...it would create more animosity between the two communities,” she tells the BBC in an interview aired in January 2013. The affection people have for Suu Kyi is partly due to her father, Aung San, a military officer who became known as the founding father of independent Burma … Adds Derek Mitchell, a former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar who first met Suu Kyi in 1995: “She has rarely expressed much sympathy, publicly or privately, for ethnic grievances.”Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for Suu Kyi’s party, notes her efforts to bring warring ethnic groups together. “It can explain the unwavering positions she is able to hold against all odds.”. More riots, killings and arson attacks follow in nearby towns. © 2020 Biography and the Biography logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC. Mary and St. Peter Churchyard Weedon Lois, … “Tragically, she is surrounded by leftovers of the military regime that attacked her when she was a dissident.”Pasternak Slater says Suu Kyi still remains “incredulous of the extent of the violence” two months later, in November 2017, when the two women meet at Suu Kyi’s home in Naypyitaw. The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris. Aung San, (born Feb. 13, 1915, Natmauk, Burma [now Myanmar]—died July 19, 1947, Rangoon [now Yangon]), Burmese nationalist leader and assassinated hero who was instrumental in securing Burma’s independence from Great Britain. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); Subscribe to the Biography newsletter to receive stories about the people who shaped our world and the stories that shaped their lives. Ms Suu Kyi is the daughter of Myanmar's independence hero, General Aung San. They had two children—Alexander and Kim—and the family spent the 1970s and '80s in England, the United States and India. A few days later, Suu Kyi is released to global jubilation. Military maneuvers(2004-2010)Suu Kyi’s dilapidated home (pictured) is again her prison. At the time, Pasternak Slater said, she had assumed Suu Kyi was referring to the violence against the Rohingya.“But actually,” said Pasternak Slater, “it occurred to me long after that she was thinking about herself: ‘Why has everybody turned against me?’”In this visual history, Reuters traces the journey of Suu Kyi and her troubled nation. She wins a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 which, with her essays and letters, raises her status alongside icons such as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. In the United Kingdom, her husband is diagnosed with cancer. AUNG San Suu Kyi was one of the world’s most admired and respected leaders, with many hoping she would usher in a new era for war-plagued Myanmar. Thousands of homes are burned down. She says, for example, that military operations are over, even as Rohingya flee and villages burn across northern Rakhine State. In December 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 400–0 to award Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal, and in May 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush signed the vote into law, making Suu Kyi the first person in American history to receive the prize while imprisoned. Aung San Suu Kyi is the state counsellor of Myanmar and winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace. He was assassinated the same year. Some ethnic leaders say Suu Kyi prioritizes her relationship with the military. “People were longing for somebody who resembled General Aung San,” recalls Khin Ohmar, a veteran activist who was a 19-year-old student during the 1988 protests. Charles Petrie, then the most senior U.N. official in Myanmar, visited her in detention in 2003. Senior members of Suu Kyi's government concur. Education and career This photo is taken two days later. But trust in Suu Kyi among minorities evaporates as the military launches offensives that drive thousands of people, most of them Kachin (pictured), from their homes. Hillary Clinton arrives in Myanmar in November 2011, the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state for over 50 years. They include Nayi Min, an editor, pictured arriving at court.The charges are later dropped after President Win Myint intervenes. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Elie Wiesel Award, annually given to "internationally prominent individuals whose actions have advanced the Museum’s vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity," according to its website. They include Nayi Min, an editor, pictured arriving at court. Charles Petrie, the former U.N. official, blames Suu Kyi for not giving the country “moral direction.” But he also blames the international community for not helping Suu Kyi enough, because it was “basically sycophantic and too wedded to the fairytale it had constructed of her.”, Suu Kyi at the World Economic Forum in Hanoi in 2018. “That’s where her real power lies. A supporter of National League for Democracy (NLD) holds two portraits of Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as people gather to … These fears were realized when a series of new election laws were put in place in March 2010: One law prohibited convicted criminals from participating in elections, and another barred anyone married to a foreign national or having children that owed allegiance to a foreign power from running for office; although Suu Kyi's husband had died in 1999, her children were both British citizens. In early June 2012, clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State kill at least 80 people. It’s the beginning of the end of Myanmar’s isolation; most Western sanctions are scrapped in 2012. “She is a woman of absolutely scrupulous moral standards,” says her old friend, Pasternak Slater. “I was inspired, full of hope.” But the military crushes the protests, killing thousands, and puts Suu Kyi under house arrest in 1989. Brother . The United Nations accuses Myanmar’s military of a “genocidal” campaign against Rohingya Muslims, and says Suu Kyi and her government did nothing to prevent it. He was the husband of Aung San Suu Kyi, the current State Counsellor of Myanmar. She wins a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 which, with her essays and letters, raises her status alongside icons such as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.She is released in 1995 and regularly speaks to large crowds outside her gates (pictured). Her father, formerly the de facto prime minister of British Burma, was assassinated in 1947. In May 2012, Suu Kyi takes her place in Myanmar’s parliament in the capital, Naypyitaw, watched by unelected soldier-MPs in uniform. “It’s her only outlet,” says Win Htein.Rudd sees this isolation as a prelude to Suu Kyi, now 73, one day standing down as Myanmar’s leader. President Thein Sein lifts censorship, frees hundreds of political prisoners and launches a series of reforms. She and her entourage arrived in “two beaten-up Toyotas with what passed for her personal security detail,” says Rudd. A dramatic rise in fuel prices in 2007 triggers anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks – the so-called “Saffron Revolution.” Flanked by riot police, Suu Kyi briefly greets the monks at the gates of her home – the first public sighting of her since 2003. She chooses not to leave Myanmar to see him in case the junta blocks her return. Family: Spouse/Ex-: Michael Aris (m. 1972–1999) father: General Aung … “She is not going to make public statements simply because she’s been pressured by journalists.”But Suu Kyi’s silence “broke my heart,” says activist Khin Ohmar. Nobel Peace Prize award-winner Desmond Tutu is a renowned South African Anglican cleric known for his staunch opposition to the policies of apartheid. In August, however, Suu Kyi went to trial and was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison. In November 2011, the NLD 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. In London, she meets David Cameron (pictured), then Britain’s prime minister. Aung San Suu Kyi has now publicly flung open the floodgates of militant nationalism — a version as virulent as the anti-British nationalism of her father’s formative era in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s the beginning of the end of Myanmar’s isolation; most Western sanctions are scrapped in 2012. Thaung Tun, Myanmar’s national security advisor and a Suu Kyi appointee, tells the U.N. Security Council that reports of atrocities are "malicious and unsubstantiated chatter.". Aung San was a Burmese politician and revolutionary. Though the Union military told Suu Kyi that if she agreed to leave the country, they would free her, she refused to do so, insisting that her struggle would continue until the junta released the country to a civilian government and political prisoners were freed. If anyone is an example of effectively navigating such change, it’s “The Lady” — Myanmar’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Aung San Suu Kyi’s father was Aung San, a Burmese nationalist leader who was instrumental in securing the independence of Burma (now Myanmar) from Great Britain. Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in July 1995, and the next year she attended the NLD party congress, under the continual harassment of the military. Religious violence spreads far beyond Rakhine State. She was swept into power in a landslide 2015 election that many around the world hoped would bring greater freedom and stability to her country.Three years later, Aung San Suu Kyi is isolated and besieged by critics. Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest in November 2010 and subsequently held a seat in parliament for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party. “She did not lead the mass movement in 1988. In August 2011, Suu Kyi meets President Thein Sein for the first time, marking the start of her pragmatic engagement with a government of ex-soldiers. Aung San Suu Kyi was born on 19 June 1945 in Rangoon (then British Burma). By 2012, the United Nations estimates about 265,000 Rohingya are sheltering in neighboring Bangladesh, driven there by violence and poverty in Myanmar. Major General Aung San, Suu Kyi’s father, hoped to see peace among all groups in the nation, but his dream is now in danger of spinning into a complex, fractured condition. In 2008, the military junta holds a sham referendum to ratify a constitution drafted to guarantee it sweeping powers. Three years later, Aung San Suu Kyi is isolated and besieged by critics. She and her entourage arrived in “two beaten-up Toyotas with what passed for her personal security detail,” says Rudd. Religious violence spreads far beyond Rakhine State. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has given hope to the Burmese people over the last two decades. The two women hug during a press conference at Suu Kyi’s home. Reuters spoke to friends, advisers, diplomats and other long-time observers of Suu Kyi. The sentence was reduced to 18 months, and she was allowed to serve it as a continuation of her house arrest. “But actually,” said Pasternak Slater, “it occurred to me long after that she was thinking about herself: ‘Why has everybody turned against me?’”. “She didn’t have a lot of time for small talk because the issues she was dealing with were so great.”, Suu Kyi in a 2013  interview with the BBC. They have two sons. Those within Myanmar and the concerned international community believed that the ruling was simply brought down to prevent Suu Kyi from participating in the multiparty parliamentary elections scheduled for the following year (the first since 1990). Aung San Suu Kyi (born June 19, 1945 in Yangon, Burma) is a human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and the current State Counsellor of Myanmar. In October 2018, three journalists from Eleven Media, Myanmar’s largest private newspaper, are arrested for an article criticizing the Yangon regional government. “What we see is someone who is withdrawing into their own castle,” he says. Her father is known as the founder of independent Burma in … “She didn’t have a lot of time for small talk because the issues she was dealing with were so great.”, Suu Kyi decides to contest by-elections in April 2012, despite fears that her participation will legitimize a political system skewed in the military’s favor. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. A dramatic rise in fuel prices in 2007 triggers anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks – the so-called “Saffron Revolution.” Flanked by riot police, Suu Kyi briefly greets the monks at the gates of her home – the first public sighting of her since 2003. They want the mine closed for environmental and other reasons, but a government inquiry, led by Suu Kyi, says it should be kept open to encourage foreign investment. Her silence on the plight of the Rohingya and other minorities allows her to preserve her political popularity with the Buddhist majority. He was also subsequently imprisoned, returning to the United States in August 2009. Suu Kyi’s status as a human rights hero lies in tatters in the West. Nelson Mandela was the first Black president of South Africa, elected after time in prison for his anti-apartheid work. “It’s not true that she doesn’t care about ethnic people,” he says. Huge crowds greet her nationwide campaign. Born. Kevin Rudd, the former Australian prime minister and foreign minister, met Suu Kyi in Yangon in 2011. She brought democracy to her country with nonviolence.She is the leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma and a famous prisoner.She has been on house arrest multiple times. Not long after Suu Kyi's ascension to the role of state counsellor, the international community began looking into a series of escalating attacks on the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar's coastal state of Rakhine. “I could not, as my father’s daughter, remain indifferent to all that was going on,” she tells a vast crowd at Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda. Although Suu Kyi remained constitutionally barred from the presidency, in April 2016 the position of state counsellor was created to allow her a greater role in the country's affairs. With Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse. AUNG San Suu Kyi was one of the world's most admired and respected leaders, with many hoping she would usher in a new era for war-plagued Myanmar. In the United Kingdom, her husband is diagnosed with cancer. She was placed under house arrest in 1989 and spent 15 of the next 21 years in custody, winning the 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace along the way. Her father, Aung San, was instrumental in negotiating independence from Britain in 1947. “Her moral authority is what people follow,” she says. “Fear is a habit; I am not afraid”Suu Kyi in her book “The Voice of Hope”. With Suu Kyi having won reelection as leader of her party in 2013, the country again held parliamentary elections on November 8, 2015, in what was viewed as the most open voting process in decades. In a letter sent to the Burmese leader, the museum noted her failures to speak out against the brutal military campaigns that devastated the Rohingya population. Until its roof is repaired in 2010, she writes, the monsoon months are spent moving “bowls, basins and buckets around my bedroom like pieces in an intricate game of chess, trying to catch the leaks.” She also reads, meditates and plays the piano. When Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from years of house arrest about a decade ago, having never used a cellphone or Facebook, she held court … It’s too dangerous.”Veteran activist Khin Ohmar says Suu Kyi was always aloof from the grassroots protests she inspired. On 19 Sept. 2017, Suu Kyi addresses the Rakhine crisis in a speech in Naypyitaw that seems disconnected from events. Suu Kyi was released from house arrest six days after the election. In March 2018, the U.S. “I could not, as my father’s daughter, remain indifferent to all that was going on,” she tells a vast crowd at Yangon’s Shwedagon pagoda. “What we see is someone who is withdrawing into their own castle,” he says. Her name is derived from three relatives; “Aung San” from her father, “Kyi” from her mother and “Suu” from her grandmother. “That’s where her real power lies. Suu Kyi, a devout Buddhist, is again criticized for not publicly defending Muslims. “Most world leaders have a team of advisers and confidants to provide fact-based perspectives, and she hasn’t had that for many years,” says activist Debbie Stothard, who visited Suu Kyi during her time under house arrest. Others say she has been scapegoated for the military’s crimes, then rejected by the international community when she needed it most.Suu Kyi did not respond to questions sent to her spokesman.“What is it that makes people hate?” Suu Kyi asked Ann Pasternak Slater, an old friend, when they met in November 2017. Until its roof is repaired in 2010, she writes, the monsoon months are spent moving “bowls, basins and buckets around my bedroom like pieces in an intricate game of chess, trying to catch the leaks.” She also reads, meditates and plays the piano. Suu Kyi's father, Aung San, led the successful battle against British colonial rule in 1947. Height: 5'6" (168 cm ), 5'6" Females. The case underscores what critics say is deteriorating press freedom under Suu Kyi, once a champion of free speech. Aung San wanted independence and wanted the Burmese to be wealthy. Her NLD party wins 43 of the 44 parliamentary seats it contests, and Suu Kyi becomes MP for Kawhmu, a small town near Yangon. In Norway, a journalist asks her: “Are the Rohingya citizens of your country or are they not?” She replies: “I do not know.”. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister. Her name is derived from "Aung San" for father, "Kyi" for mother, "Suu" for grandmother and also the day of the week of her birth. He was sworn in at the end of the month. There are statues of him, museums about him, and streets named after him. In late January, the installation of a statue of Aung San on horseback in Loikaw, mostly inhabited by the Karenni minority community, led to protests that spilled into February, Suu Kyi is Bamar, but many ethnic leaders hope she will use her authority to end decades of war between government troops and ethnic armed groups fighting for greater autonomy.But trust in Suu Kyi among minorities evaporates as the military launches offensives that drive thousands of people, most of them Kachin (pictured), from their homes. For her compatriots, such as these protesters in Bangkok in 1999, Suu Kyi is the best hope for an end to Myanmar's dictatorship. “It can explain the unwavering positions she is able to hold against all odds.”, “Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it”Suu Kyi in her essay “Freedom from Fear”. 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. Adds Derek Mitchell, a former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar who first met Suu Kyi in 1995: “She has rarely expressed much sympathy, publicly or privately, for ethnic grievances.”. “She is a woman of absolutely scrupulous moral standards,” says her old friend, Pasternak Slater. More riots, killings and arson attacks follow in nearby towns.Suu Kyi, a devout Buddhist, is again criticized for not publicly defending Muslims. Aung San Suu Kyi New statue of Aung San Suu Kyi's father irks ethnic minorities in Myanmar. Years of grueling seclusion “helped define her sense of sacrifice and commitment” but also gave her a false sense of infallibility, he says. Others say she has been scapegoated for the military’s crimes, then rejected by the international community when she needed it most. He is often considered the man most responsible for bringing about Burma's independence from British rule, but was assassinated six months before independence. (In Burma all names are individual and people do not have last names.) This energizes the demonstrations, which the military soon quashes. He dies in 1999. The arrests further alienate former supporters. Afterwards, she is placed under her last and longest spell of house arrest.Charles Petrie, then the most senior U.N. official in Myanmar, visited her in detention in 2003. There are falls from grace, and then there is Aung San Suu Kyi.In 2015 her election to the post of state counsellor – de facto head of government – was … The two women hug during a press conference at Suu Kyi’s home. Her mother was Khin Kyi, a prominent Burmese diplomat. Athan, a Yangon-based free speech group, says 44 journalists have been arrested since the NLD took power. President Thein Sein lifts censorship, frees hundreds of political prisoners and launches a series of reforms.Kevin Rudd, the former Australian prime minister and foreign minister, met Suu Kyi in Yangon in 2011. She studies at Oxford University, where she meets her future husband, the British scholar Michael Aris. In 1962, dictator U Ne Win staged a successful coup d'detat in Burma, which spurred intermittent protests over his policies during the subsequent decades. In London, she meets David Cameron (pictured), then Britain’s prime minister. Suu Kyi is Bamar, but many ethnic leaders hope she will use her authority to end decades of war between government troops and ethnic armed groups fighting for greater autonomy. Tuesday 19 Jun 1945. The government parties ran virtually unopposed in the 2010 election and easily won a vast majority of legislative seats, with charges of fraud following in their wake. “Violence has been committed by both sides.” Many of her supporters abroad wonder why a voice of moral clarity has faded. Previously known for her courage in the face of military abuses, Suu Kyi now drew criticism for seemingly turning a blind eye to these atrocities. Aung San is a legend and a national hero in Burma-in the eyes of the people and military alike. They describe a politician who is principled and devoted but also flawed and alone, burdened with limited powers and impossible expectations.Some say she hasn’t been sympathetic to ethnic minorities and was slow to grasp the scale and brutality of the military’s campaign against the Rohingya. In 1988, after Suu Kyi returned to Burma to care for her dying mother, her life took a dramatic turn. From prison to parliament(2010-2012)Suu Kyi addresses supporters outside her gate on the day of her release in November 2010. Suu Kyi’s dilapidated home (pictured) is again her prison. Detained in her lakeside home in Yangon and allowed few visitors, Suu Kyi gains fame and influence. Famous as: Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar. “We have never been soft on human rights”Suu Kyi speaking in Naypyitaw in 2017. Michael Vaillancourt Aris was an English historian who wrote and lectured on Bhutanese, Tibetan and Himalayan culture and history. San Suu Aung Kyi Age. Holocaust Memorial Museum followed suit by announcing it was rescinding the Elie Wiesel Award given to Suu Kyi in 2012. It was the students who organized.”. She has forgotten it or lost it.”. For her compatriots, such as these protesters in Bangkok in 1999, Suu Kyi is the best hope for an end to Myanmar's dictatorship. José Rizal called for peaceful reform of Spain's colonial rule in the Philippines. They include two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentenced to seven years after exposing a military-led massacre of 10 Rohingya men. The United Nations accuses Myanmar’s military of a “genocidal” campaign against Rohingya Muslims, and says Suu Kyi and her government did nothing to prevent it. political ideology: National League for Democracy. This energizes the demonstrations, which the military soon quashes. She emerged from years of house arrest in 2010 a near-mythical figure, admired for her strength and integrity. She is the third child in her family. Some, like this Rohingya baby cradled by his distraught mother, die after their boats capsize. Her halo also slips at a copper mine in northern Myanmar, where she is confronted by weeping and angry protesters. Rudd sees this isolation as a prelude to Suu Kyi, now 73, one day standing down as Myanmar’s leader. During public hearings in December, she chided "impatient international actors" for inserting themselves into Myanmar's affairs, explaining that her government was conducting its own investigations of possible crimes. She is no longer hailed as a moral icon, but condemned for forsaking the oppressed. Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, whose members — known as suffragettes — fought to enfranchise women in the United Kingdom. This triggers a military-led campaign of murder, rape and arson that drives more than 700,000 Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. Suu Kyi addresses supporters outside her gate on the day of her release in November 2010. On Aug. 25, 2017, Rohingya militants launch attacks across northern Rakhine State. How did one of the world’s most admired leaders reach this pass? In Norway, a journalist asks her: “Are the Rohingya citizens of your country or are they not?” She replies: “I do not know.”The Rohingya bear the brunt of a second, deadlier bout of violence in Rakhine State in October, but Suu Kyi refuses to speak up for them. In support of Suu Kyi, the NLD refused to re-register the party under these new laws and was disbanded. Afterwards, she is placed under her last and longest spell of house arrest. She is detained again in 2000, this time for 19 months. In 2010, it holds a general election, which Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), boycotts because it says the laws governing the poll are “unjust.” A party created by the military wins by a landslide.The military then installs a quasi-civilian government led by a former general, Thein Sein. He dies in 1999. In 2003, the NLD clashed in the streets with pro-government demonstrators, and Suu Kyi was yet again arrested and placed under house confinement. It’s too dangerous.”, Veteran activist Khin Ohmar says Suu Kyi was always aloof from the grassroots protests she inspired. After attending high school in India, Suu Kyi studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford, receiving a B.A. By 2012, the United Nations estimates about 265,000 Rohingya are sheltering in neighboring Bangladesh, driven there by violence and poverty in Myanmar. “Violence has been committed by both sides”Suu Kyi in a 2013  interview with the BBC. Late in the month, the British city of Oxford, where she attended school, voted unanimously to revoke the Freedom of the City of Oxford award that was bestowed upon her in 1997, for her refusal to condemn the human rights violations occurring under her watch. The national reverence accorded her late father, pictured here, helped launch Suu Kyi’s political career. The constitution grants the military a quarter of parliamentary seats, plus control over key ministries that oversee the army and police. Kevin Rudd says Suu Kyi hoped to change this rigged system from within. Hope that one day there will be an end to the military oppression in their country. 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