Aung San Suu Kyi
- A global icon for non-violence.
- Life and work.
- The possibilities that are allowed to one of a certain class.
To understand Aung San Suu Kyi, we must first understand the country and the circumstances in which she fights. Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Burma. Burma lies between Bangladesh and Thailand; it was a province of India until 1937 when it became a self-governing colony, its capital is Rangoon. In Burma, there is no government constitution. Its citizens are under political tyranny with no guarantee of a trial or at least a fair one if charged with a crime. Burma is a resource rich country and has large supplies of gas and oil but it suffers under the governments pervasive controls. It has inefficient economic policies and 25% of its citizens live below the poverty level. Burma is the second largest producer of illicit opium and a major source of methamphetamine's and heroin. Their corrupt government is not willing to deal with these drug traders and lacks any sort of commitment towards eradicating this or the extensive money laundering. Burma has been described as one of the most repressive countries in Asia. Burma is charged with crimes against humanity by the United Nations for its systematic abuses of human rights and refusal to hand over power to the National League for Democracy, the party which Aung San Suu Kyi founded.
[...] On October Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, Francis Sejested, called Suu Kyi outstanding example of the power of the powerless?. He states: Kyi's struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important symbol in the struggle against oppression?. At the award presentation ceremony held in Oslo on December 10, the Chairman announces: the good fight for peace and reconciliation, we are dependent on persons who set examples, persons who can symbolize what we are seeking and mobilize the best in us. [...]
[...] The SPDC would have likely quelled any opposition to their military rule The health and education fund she set up with the $ 1.3 million dollar Nobel Peace Prize award would not exist The greater international community would likely have little knowledge or interest in the plight of the Burmese people International groups like Amnesty International would not have been granted access to the country to witness and speak out about government oppression There would be no one to speak out about the human rights violations faced by women in Burma Women's groups like the Burmese Women's Group, the Burmese Women's Union, Shan Women's Action Network, and the Women's Rights and Welfare Association might not exist These are just a few of many reasons that Aung San Suu Kyi has been heralded the ?Heroine of Burma?. [...]
[...] Time Magazine listed Aung San Suu Kyi in their list of the 100 World's Most Influential People she appeared in the Heroes and Icons category along with rock star Bono. To Aung San Suu Kyi's compatriots she is known as the ?Iron Butterfly?, a name that alludes to both her peaceful struggle and her courage and strength of character. She is a symbol of heroic and peaceful resistance in the face of oppression. For the Burmese people, she represents their best and perhaps sole hope that one day there will be an end to the country's military repression. [...]