AUNG SAN SUU KYI RELEASED AFTER 21 YEARS
November 13, 2010. Just a few hours ago, the Burmese pro-democracy and human rights freedom fighter and leader, as well as the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi was released after nearly two decades of house arrest by Myanmar’s (Burma’s) military regime.
I have been an admirer of Suu Kyi for many years, I had read her books Freedom from Fear and other Writings (1991) and Letters from Burma (1998) and am ecstatic that she has at last breathed the air outside the walls of her home. Although the move to ‘free’ is seen as a PR ploy of Burma’s authoritarian military, after insurmountable international pressure for years for her release, let us hope that Ms Kyi is indeed able to live her life and carry on her relentless work with true freedom, and is not silenced or endangered once again by the current regime that obviously fears her spirit, her endurance and the values she stands for, for her people.
After receiving her higher education in New Delhi (India), Oxford (UK) and New York, and influenced by the non-violent principles of Gandhi and Buddhism, on her return back to Burma in 1988, she became very active in the pro-democracy movement. For this, she received repeated attacks, threats, incarcerations and as an ultimate act of injustice was put under house arrest without trial under Burmese martial law, despite winning the 1990 elections with 60% of the votes which would have made her Burma’s Prime Minister!
For more on the remarkable life of Aung San Suu Kyi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San_Suu_Kyi and an older article from Time magazine : http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1898692,00.html
I hope, this time, her freedom and the hope she has brought to millions of her countrymen to aspire for democracy and peace is here to stay.
Aung San Suu Kyi – Fearless. Unvanquished in spirit, no matter what lengths her opponents went to, to silence and extinguish her fire. Brave. Beautiful. And a real lady who stands for peace and freedom.
“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
—From her book, Freedom from Fear, published in 1991