Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday was the 19th of June. Nothing has changed since her last birthday, she continues living under house arrest in Burma, the country where she was born in.
She is a woman of peace inspired by the non-violent leaders such as Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. Her crime has been to voice her belief for a peaceful transition of regime, from the military dictatorship to democracy. For Aung San Suu Kyi, the 19th of June is one more day under house arrest, one more year of her life without seeing a change toward democracy, and one year more where the voice of their people is not respected in her country.
Her father General Aung San—the national hero—fought long for the Burma’s independence against Great Britain in the 1940s. Her father was assassinated 1947, half a year before he could see the liberation of Burma.
Even though she was only two years old she has followed her father footsteps leading a long struggle for democracy in Burma. As the leader of the National League for Democracy party (NLD) she won the national elections in May 1990 but the military junta refuse to hand over the power. Her famous speech “Freedom From Fear” arise from this time.
She have sacrificed her freedom for her conviction and has now spent more than half of the last 20 years in some type of confinement. We believe that the time for justice has arrive!
19th of June – According to The Press Association, the Burmese authorities detained opposition party members who called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday (see HRD’s News section for more information).
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