Aung San Suu Kyi

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Aung San Suu Kyi

State Counsellor of Myanmar
In office
April 6, 2016 – February 2, 2021
Preceded by Office Established
Succeeded by Min Aung Hlaing

In office
November 18, 2011 – May 21, 2021
Preceded by Aung Shwe
Succeeded by office dissolved by Military Junta

Born June 19, 1945 (age 78)
Rangoon, Burma
Political party National League for Democracy (until May 21, 2021)
Spouse(s) Michael Aris (m. 1972 - 1999)
Religion Buddhist
Outcry grows over Suu Kyi charges (May, 2009).

Aung San Suu Kyi (born June 19, 1945) is the leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma and a former prisoner of conscience. The daughter of Burmese national hero Aung San, Suu Kyi is a "pro-democracy" activist committed to non-violence; she has been called the "Nelson Mandela of Asia". A Buddhist, Suu Kyi won the Sakharov and Rafto Prizes for Freedom of Thought in 1990. In 1991, she also became a Nobelist for her peaceful fight against a dictatorship.

Largely influenced by the example of Mahatma Gandhi, Suu Kyi entered politics to work on behalf of increased Burmese democracy, helping to set up the National League for Democracy on 27 September 1988. For this, she was placed under house arrest on 20 July 1989. The Burmese military junta offered to let her go into exile, but she refused. Various international figures, from George W. Bush to Ban Ki-moon, have called upon the junta leader General Than Shwe to release her, these requests have been ignored by the despotic regime for a long time. But on November 13, 2010, she was released from house arrest by the military junta.[1] Until May 21, 2021, she was the leader of her party National League for Democracy.


San Suu Kyi was the daughter of Aung San, the Burmese independence activist and communist revolutionary who gained independence from British rule.

February 1, 2021 Myanmar coup

On the morning of February 1, 2021, Myanmar's military began arresting members of Aung's cabinet, the president was also arrested along with Aung herself, Min Aung Hlaing declared an emergency 1-year military rule in Myanmar.

After the coup

As of April 12, 2021, 2 months after her arrest, she has been hit with 6 different charges, the most severe is the Official Secrets Law which can carry a 14-year prison sentence if found guilty. The Burmese military also seized George Soros assets.

Myanmar "Opposition" Government

On April 16, 2021, Opponents of the military junta announce the creation of an interim national unity government, and named Aung San Suu Kyi as the de facto leader.

Dissolution of the NLD Party

On May 21, 2021, Min Aung Hlaing announced he would be dissolving the NLD party, due to the junta claiming election fraud in which they will hold special elections under military supervision.

Corruption Charges

In June 2021 Aung San Suu Kyi was charged with corruption.

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