Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace prize winner – as it happened

The Nobel peace prize winner has spent 15 years under house arrest for alleged opposition to the government, and in total 18 years in detention Aung San Suu Kyi Fast Facts Born 19 August…

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel peace prize winner – as it happened

The Nobel peace prize winner has spent 15 years under house arrest for alleged opposition to the government, and in total 18 years in detention

Aung San Suu Kyi Fast Facts

Born 19 August 1945 in the village of Woodside, Rangoon, Burma’s capital

One of seven children of Aung San Kyi, who was an officer in the Burma Revolutionary party, the nationalist party that began the struggle for independence from the British and was led by her father

Aged four she began attending a private school in the village where she lived with her parents and older brother

As a child she was taken to the nearby city of Mandalay to learn Buddhist tradition

Her aunt was married to the well-known member of the Burmese Senate Aung San, who now resides in the US

In 1962 during the Second Sino-Burmese War, her father, who had fled to the US for political asylum, was arrested and sentenced to death by the Burmese government

Her mother was arrested as well and the two children were taken to Malaysia, which granted asylum to their father, a political prisoner

In 1963 Aung San Kyi married one of her father’s close friends, James Soe Nyunt

In 1993 Aung San Kyi’s husband died of cancer in Germany after a stay in Malta. The party’s legal advisor became Aung San Suu Kyi’s unofficial de facto leader

She was denied a passport in 1993 after the party was disqualified from the 1994 elections

The 1996 elections were postponed indefinitely, and the country was in crisis

In 1998, led by Suu Kyi, the NLD launched the First Green Campaign

In 1999 the NLD won 2,100 of 1,394 parliamentary seats

Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy began planning the National League for Democracy

After the 1997 elections Suu Kyi’s NLD refused to swear allegiance to the government, declaring itself an opposition party. Despite what critics termed intimidation, the party won 83 seats in the new parliament, and she was made a member of the executive committee

In 2000 the Burmese parliament appointed U Wunna U, Suu Kyi’s most trusted advisor, to fill her official residence

Despite widespread opposition Suu Kyi refused to walk away from politics, and in 2004 the NLD was awarded electoral recognition

Suu Kyi embarked on a nationwide speaking tour, giving 18 speeches in 20 days

In November 2005, the NLD won 45% of the votes in a landmark poll that drew worldwide criticism for the harsh treatment of Suu Kyi

The next year the NLD and the ruling generals agreed to a general amnesty and allowed Suu Kyi to travel to the US

In May 2007 Suu Kyi was arrested for violating the terms of her house arrest when her motorcade was attacked by the armed Karen National Union (KNU)

She was stripped of her British honorary British citizenship and refused to return to Burma

In 2008 the NLD won 43% of parliamentary seats and was officially declared the winner of Burma’s first election since 1990

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