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Women of Courage

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"We in the National League for Democracy believe that human rights are of universal relevance. But even those who do not believe in human rights must certainly agree that the rule of law is most important. Without the rule of law there can be no peace."

Daw Aung Suu Kyi
Burma

Time Line

  • 1945: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi born.
     
  • 1947: Famous father, Aung San, assassinated by political rival.
     
  • 1948: Burma becomes independent.
     
  • 1962: Military Dictator Ne Win seizes power.
     
  • 1972: Marries Michael Aris while student at Oxford University.
     
  • 1988: Returns to Burma; helps found National League for Democracy.
     
  • 1989: Aung San Suu Kyi wins 80% of the electorate; during public speeches faces down soldiers; is placed under first house arrest.
     
  • 1991: Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; is represented in Norway by her sons and husband.
     
  • 1999: Burmese authorities do not allow dying husband to visit Suu Kyi one last time.
     
  • 2000: Placed again under house arrest.
     
  • 2002: Released in 2002.
     
  • 2003: Re-arrested.
     
  • 2005: Continued extension of Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention.


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