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18 - Aung San Suu Kyi


Aung San Suu Kyi

(1945 - )


Aung San Suu Kyi came to realise that leadership demanded humility and people's respect from studying the example of her father; he was a Burmese liberation leader assassinated when she was 2. She learned Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolent protest when her mother was ambassador in India. Her Buddhist faith undergirded her belief in human rights.

Aung San Suu Kyi's sons Alexander Aris and Kim Aris who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf.

As leader of the democratic opposition in Myanmar/Burma, committed to nonviolently resisting a brutal regime, she once walked fearlessly towards soldiers threatening to fire.

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it."

The regime ignored the 1990 elections, conclusively won by the opposition. Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest.

"Truth, justice and compassion... are often the only bulwarks against ruthless power."


Note : As withthe award to Ossietzky in 1935, the Nobel Committee hoped that the publicity surrounding the Prize would add to Suu Kyi's safety.

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