Posts tagged “aung san suu kyi”
September 21, 2012
President Obama met with Aung San Suu Kyi, author of The Voice of Hope, yesterday at the White House. During the meeting, the President expressed his deepest admiration for the author’s devotion to democracy and human rights.
Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Prize Laureate, mother of two, and devout Buddhist, is one of the most inspiring examples of spiritually infused politics and fearless leadership that the world has ever seen. Daughter of the martyred Burmese national hero who negotiated Burma’s independence from Britain in the 1940s, Aung San Suu Kyi led the pro-democracy movement in Burma in 1988. The movement was quickly and brutally crushed by the military junta, and Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest. The Voice of Hope is a rare and intimate journey to the heart of her struggle.
According to the official readout:
“The President reaffirmed the determination of the United States to support their sustained efforts to promote political and economic reforms and to ensure full protection of the fundamental rights of the Burmese people.”
To read more about the meeting, go to The White House Blog.
January 26, 2011
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and [Burma's] most popular politician now spends much of her time at the headquarters of the National League for Democracy, the main opposition party in Myanmar, meeting with Party members, ethnic leaders, and senior aides.
December 10, 2010
“Frankly, I wish there were tens of thousands of tiny flip video cams that could be smuggled into the country to reveal to the world just what everyday nonviolent revolution looks like within the cities, monasteries, prisons, labour and refugee camps, as well as within the homes and thousands of villages scattered throughout the country. . . Of course, Aung San Suu Kyi would be the first to say that she is just one voice in her country’s struggle for freedom. She also repeatedly states that the success of the revolution will only come when everybody does their part — puts their freedom into action for the greater good.” — Alan Clements, interview at Rabble.ca
November 16, 2010
The past week has been a banner one for Seven Stories authors on Democracy Now, with the following three features appearing since November 12:
November 13, 2010
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from seven and a half years of house arrest on Saturday and was greeted at the gate of her compound by thousands of jubilant supporters.
She stood waving and smiling as people cheered, chanted and sang the national anthem in a blur of camera flashes. She held a white handkerchief in one hand.
“Thank you for welcoming me like this,” she said, clutching the iron bars of her gate as she looked out at the cheering crowd. “We haven’t seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you.”
She said she would speak again on Sunday at the headquarters of her now defunct political party, the National League for Democracy.
“We must unite!” she said. “If we are united, we can get what we want.”
November 12, 2010
From our friends at Amnesty International:
The military rulers of Myanmar have jailed thousands of people in their continuing efforts to crush all dissenting views. Most prominent of those detained is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been the beacon of hope and change for nearly two decades in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD), a pro-democracy political party that sought to counter the military junta that had reigned over Myanmar since 1962. In 1990, the NLD won almost 80 percent of the parliamentary seats in a general election. Surprised at the landslide victory, the military junta refused to transfer power to Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, and jailed scores of political activists.
For 14 of the past 20 years, Aung San Suu Kyi (pronounced “Awng Sahn Soo Chee”) has endured unofficial detention, house arrest and restrictions on her movement. She continues to be held under house arrest in Yangon. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s sentencing comes in the midst of ongoing human rights violations by the military against ethnic minority civilians. In early June the Myanmar army staged attacks and took Karen civilians for forced labour in Kayin State. This resulted in over 3,500 refugees fleeing to Thailand.
Amnesty International seeks the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar.
Take action now through Amnesty International: tell Myanmar that the only acceptable solution is immediate and unconditional release from a house arrest without justification, imprisonment that has gone on for twenty years too many.
September 21, 2010
Alan Clements and World Dharma’s Buddha Project International have just released their new audiobook edition of the Aung San Suu Kyi classic, The Voice of Hope — proceeds to support the restoration of many hours’ worth of audio and video recordings of the “voice of democracy in Burma” and her fellow freedom fighters. Check out the trailer below!
June 22, 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi is a political icon, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and the charismatic leader of Burma’s struggle for human rights. But it has come at immense personal cost. Under house arrest for many years, unable to watch her children grow up and excluded from public life, her plight is ongoing: as the Burmese regime prepares for its first election in years, Suu Kyi will be detained as a political prisoner throughout. — from the website for the BBC documentary Freedom From Fear, available free of charge online
August 11, 2009
World leaders have reacted with anger and disappointment at the conviction of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for violating security laws. The UN called for her immediate release after she was sentenced to a further 18 months of house arrest – where she has spent 14 of the past 20 years. — BBC News
July 25, 2009
July 25, 12 to 3pm, Byron Community and Cultural Center, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia. For more information, see here.