Aung San Suu Kyi: A life in pictures

Aung San Suu Kyi Formerly known as the “Lady of the Trees”, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is widely regarded as a champion of democracy and human rights. She has spent 15 of the last 21 years under house arrest, most recently at the end of 2016 following the elections which brought her party to power. We look at some facts about the woman who refuses to step down despite international criticism. 1: Suu Kyi was born in 1942 in Kyaukpyu, the administrative capital of Myanmar (also known as Burma), but she is now believed to have been born in 1950 in Yangon. For years, Suu Kyi insisted she was born in 1942, a year before she passed the identity test required to become an official member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), the party she started. However, DNA evidence has since indicated she was probably born in 1950, a year before she passed the test. 2: Suu Kyi was educated at Oxford University, where she studied political science and history. She led the NLD, Myanmar’s first opposition party, into power in November 2016, when the government of then-President Thein Sein assumed power. After being released from house arrest in 2011, she was again put under house arrest in 2014 when she met with US Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit to Rangoon. 3: Suu Kyi was inducted into the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 after she and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party campaigned against the Myanmar military junta that had ruled the country for five decades. 3: After the ruling military junta handed power to a quasi-civilian government in 2011, Suu Kyi held roles in the cabinet, including minister of foreign affairs. She also became the de facto leader of the NLD and so the powerful chair of the junta-friendly State Peace and Development Council. 1: Suu Kyi is rarely seen in public these days and goes for outings with her husband and their two sons by different husbands. She still lives in her lakeside house in Yangon, where she is seen walking through the neighbourhood every day, though she never steps foot on the premises. She is often photographed with Buddhist monks. The leader is given frequent death threats and faces a travel ban from the Burmese government, which refuses to extend her visa.

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