Aung San Suu Kyi

b. 19 June 1945

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Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner, human-rights activist, and pro-democracy leader, and is loved and respected by many in her country, Burma, and throughout the world. Separated from her own family, she spent more than 15 years under house arrest because of her constant struggle to change the brutal rule of the military dictators. Eventually, after resisting every effort made to silence her, Aung San Suu Kyi was released and was elected to parliament. She has inspired others with her belief in the power of non-violent action, and with her courage. She wrote: ‘You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.’

 

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The Burma Campaign UK is continuing to fight for justice for the Burmese people. 

You can read the speech that Aung San Suu Kyi made when she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.