Essay on Human Rights Movement : Kyi Suu Kyi

1607 Words May 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Aung San Suu Kyi is a Myanmarian human rights advocate who championed non-violent opposition to Burma’s (Myanmar) military government and helped establish the National League for Democracy (NLD). Despite being Burman by birth, Suu Kyi was educated overseas and until the late 1980’s lived in the UK with her husband and children. However on a return visit to Burma, Suu Kyi observed police terror, political turmoil and calls for democratic reform in the country. These were emphasized by the massacre of pro-democracy protesters by the government. Motivated by the corruption of Burma’s military junta and by the legacy of her late father, a revered revolutionary leader, Suu Kyi marshaled a non-violent resistance movement against the Burmese government and established an opposing political party, the National League for Democracy. In response, the Burmese military held Suu Kyi under a house arrest intermittently between 1989 to 2010 for a total of 15 years. It was during this time, in 1991, that Suu Kyi was recognized for her actions with the Nobel Peace Prize. In November 2010, Suu Kyi was released from house arrest and in four years later the NLD won sufficient seats in parliament to choose Burma’s next leader and elected the first civilian president of Burma. Suu Kyi was prevented from running for president by Burma’s constitution but still plays an instrumental role in Burma’s government and the struggle for democracy and increased human rights in Burma today.…

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