Aung San Suu Kyi

 

Born June 19, 1945

 

For decades, Aung San Suu Kyi has peacefully campaigned for liberalization in Myanmar despite continued persecution. She was put under house arrest in 1990 following an election that would have made her the head of state, and awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Finally, following the 2015 elections, Suu Kyi was elected as head of state though she was removed after the 2020 elections by a military coup. She is currently imprisoned by the military regime yet she has been criticized by global powers for failing to stand up to the regime which imprisons her.

 

Essential Thoughts

 

I do not hold to non-violence for moral reasons, but for political and practical reasons.

 

Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

 

To view the opposition as dangerous is to misunderstand the basic concepts of democracy. To oppress the opposition is to assault the very foundation of democracy.


In a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. Never let fear prevent you from doing right.

 

We will surely get to our destination if we join hands.