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Picture A biography of Aung San Suu Kyi

AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Burma's Legitimate Leader

Aung San Suu Kyi once said that “It is even appropriate or justified for the international community carries out the responsibility to intervene in the internal affairs of another country whose power are creating hell for the population. The international community as a whole should recognise that it has got responsibilities. It can’t ignore grave injustices that are going on within the borders of any particular country.”

As a courageous political leader under the military rule, she travelled through out the country in 1989 and campaigned against the military rule for the future of Burma and then junta put her under house arrest. But her party, National League for Democracy, won landslide in May election of 1990 but junta ignores to honour it.

In August and September of 2007, the public and the Buddhist monks organized peaceful rally against the regime's decision to higher up the patrol price because this decision created more economic hardship to the public. However, the Army and pro-junta groups suppressed the rally brutally and arrested thousands of activists, including Buddhist monks and prominent student leaders.

“If this country is to achieve genuine democracy, the result of the elections of 1990 must be recognized. It must be recognized by the military regime, as it has been recognized by the people, and by the world at large. It is through this recognition that we will be able to make genuine progress in Burma. The results of the 1990 General Elections must be implemented is a resolution already taken by the United Nations. We already know that the General Assembly of the United Nations has accepted the notion that the will of the people has been expressed in the 1990 General Elections. This is something we can not abandon. It will be to the detriment of our country if after an election has been held the results are not honoured and we do not resist attempts to trivialise it”, Aung San Suu Kyi insists.

However, the genuine dialogue hasn't taken place yet. At the same, the regime go ahead it's seven-steps road map unilaterally. Regime conducted sham referendum in May 2008 for the constitution which is drawn by its hand-picked representatives for 14 years long and declared that new election will be held in 2010.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Mohandas Gandhi of BURMA, turned 64 on June 19, 2009 inside Burma's notorious Insein Prison. Military regime repeatedly extended her detention and she spent 14 of last 20 years under house arrest. Since junta did not want to release her when illegal 6 years detention was about to complete, junta plotted the ploy to imprison her.

Ruling junta who suppress the Burma today knows very well that all the justice loving people are standing behind her and so junta is using dirty tricks in order to silence Aung San Suu Kyi by planning to lock her behind bars indefinitely.

Aung San Suu Kyi is not only the icon of the Burmese people's struggle for freedom but also the symbol of non-violent movement in the world at large. We salute her courage and sacrifices for the sake of oppressed people.

Aung San Suu Kyi gives us hope, confidence and faith in our aspiration for democracy.

Junta claimed that it will hand over power after 1990 elections but when Aung San Suu Kyi's party NLD won landslide victory, they ignore to transfer power. In order to nullify 1990 election result, junta planned to hold sham election in 2010 which is designed to legitimize military rule in Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi MUST be the Prime Minister of Burma as the leader of the winning party according to the results of the 1990 general election; instead military regime put her under house arrest and intensified crack down on her supporters.

In Burma, power is centred on the ruling junta which maintains strict authoritarian rule over the people of Burma. Under the illegitimate military regime, people of Burma are suffering very tremendously.

To find the solution for Burma crisis by political means, Aung San Suu Kyi is always calling for genuine dialogue. She said that “Burma is made up of many ethnic peoples, and unless there is freedom to discuss, to negotiate, to find common values, we shall never make any progress towards genuine peace in our country. So for the sake of peace in our country, for the sake of the progress and human development of our people, and for the sake of peace and harmony in our region and in our world, we would like to urge the peoples of the free world to work harder towards bringing true democratic progress everywhere. We would like to see action, rather than words. There have been many words supporting democracy, and we are duly grateful for them, because we do not underestimate the power of words. But words need to be backed up by action -- by action that is united and that is focused on essentials. Only by such action will we be able to realize our democratic aspirations”.

Burma crisis is in pivotal state. Junta will definitely deliver the verdict by saying Aung San Suu Kyi is found guilty and will imprison her another 5 more years. This is a ploy to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi since junta wanted to lock Aung San Suu Kyi in jail forever as their rigged 2010 election plan is drawing nearer in which they are setting up everything to win their backed party.

Junta’s planned 2010 election is designed to legitimised military rule in Burma. To pave the way to smooth for their rigged 2010 election plan, junta continue imprisoning democracy activists, plotting the ploy to imprison Aung San Suu Kyi and doing everything they can to nullify 1990 election results. Aung San Suu Kyi is victim of injustice.

In Burma, there is no rule of law and junta is always above the law. Aung San Suu Kyi was elected by the citizens of Burma in the 1990 General Election. Ironically that election was conducted by the same generals who suppress Burma today.

International Community musn’t just expresses hollow words of concern and allows the perpetrators to get away with impunity. Words must be backed up by actions-applying united and coordinated pressure through United Nations Security Council to force junta to come to dialogue table and to free Aung San Suu Kyi along with thousands of political prisoners.

We want the world citizens to know that Burmese people have been suffering under a brutal military dictatorship for more than half century. During which thousands of people lost their lives, thousands have been imprisoned and thousands were forced to flee for their lives while seeking refuge around the world.

The People of Burma look to the world leaders in an effort to seek intervention from more than 50 years of a ruthless military dictatorship. We call for world leaders to take concrete immediate collective actions to free Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma.

Now is the time. Every actions, every voices and every words count. Please get involved to work collectively to free Aung San Suu Kyi and to restore justice in Burma.

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Aung San Suu Kyi is released on 13 Nov 2010

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Quotes from Aung San Suu Kyi's Press Conference on Sunday:

• “I will continue participating in a political movement, whether the National League for Democracy party exists or is disbanded.”

• “I am willing to talk with Snr-Gen Than Shwe.” • “It will be very good if I can discuss with him [Than Shwe] the issues I care about.”

• “Ethnic conflict should be solved peacefully, not by military means.”

• “The NLD is not a social welfare organization and it will remain a political organization.”

• “I don’t like either the new national flag or the previous flag.”

• “A second Panglong Conference addressing the concerns of the 21st century is needed for national reconciliation.”

• “I will get involved in politics by joining with the people.”

• “I will cooperate with all democracy forces.”

• “I’m still youthful because of the demands of the cause. After we gain democracy, I will stay as an old lady.”

• “I am a Burmese citizen and my security depends on the leaders of the nation.”

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Thai PM: Suu Kyi Release Positive, Future Unclear

YOKOHAMA — Thailand's prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the release of Aung San Suu Kyi is a positive sign but it remains to be seen what it will lead to and the situation in his country's neighbour to the west bears watching carefully. "Exactly what this will lead to I think remains to be seen because there are a number of factors, transitions according to the constitution, elections, the clashes with the minorities that have taken place over the last week," Abhisit told Reuters. He added that he did not know yet exactly what kind of political role Suu Kyi would play.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Highlights of Aung San Suu Kyi's Speech:

—“I will continue my efforts to bring about national reconciliation, and I need the support of our people,” said Suu Kyi.

—“I've always believed in national reconciliation. I believe in human rights and the rule of law,” said Suu Kyi.

—"I have no grudge against my captors," said Suu Kyi.

—“Democracy is a system which allows the majority of people to guide a small group of people in power,” Suu Kyi said.

—“If we want something, we must dare to do it, have the capacity to do it, and we have to be efficient in doing it,” said Suu Kyi.

—“If we use our strength in the right way, nobody can break it,” said Suu Kyi.

—“Politics is important for all people. Don't consider it's not your affair,” said Suu Kyi.

—“Courage means to work for what you believe with perseverance and to be strong and to have good will. It's not courageous to use one's physical strength and to shout loudly,” said Suu Kyi.

—Suu Kyi said she will work with all the people, including democratic forces, to achieve national reconciliation. “I have no intention of going my own way,” she said.

—Suu Kyi avoided the sensitive topic of election vote fraud in her first public speech.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

India Hails Suu Kyi's Release

NEW DELHI — India welcomes the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and hoped that this step will be the beginning of an inclusive reconciliation in Burma, said India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna. The following is the original statement released on India's Ministry of External Affairs website: “I understand that the Government of Myanmar [Burma] has just released Madam Aung San Suu Kyi. The Government of India welcomes her release. We hope that this will be the beginning of the process of reconciliation in Myanmar. The recent elections in Myanmar are an important step in the direction of the national reconciliation process being undertaken by the Government of Myanmar. We have always encouraged them to take this process forward in a broad-based and inclusive manner. In this context, as a close neighbour of Myanmar, we are confident that the release of Madam Aung San Suu Kyi will contribute to efforts for a more inclusive approach to political change.”

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Cheers as Suu Kyi Appears

RANGOON — Thousands of wildly cheering supporters greeted Aung San Suu Kyi as she gave her first political speech at the headquarters of her political party on Sunday, a day after her unconditional release from seven years under house arrest. Arriving by car from the lakeside residence that has been her prison, she slipped into the ramshackle headquarters of the National League for Democracy as people shouted "We love Suu Kyi" amid thunderous applause. Inside, she met with Rangoon-based diplomats and later talked with the media. Later, she will attend the funeral of a collegue's wife and pay a customary visit to the city's sacred Shwedagon pagoda.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Nobel Committee Invites Suu Kyi to Oslo

OSLO—Norway's Nobel committee on Saturday invited Aung San Suu Kyi to Oslo to make a belated acceptance speech for the peace prize she won 19 years ago but did not pick up, according to a DPA report. Suu Kyi feared she would not be allowed to return to Burma, and asked her husband, who has since died, to accept the prize on her behalf. The head of the Nobel committee, Thorbjrn Jagland, said he would seek a guarantee from the government in Rangoon that she would be allowed back if she visited Oslo. "I don't believe she would leave the country without first obtaining such a guarantee,” Jagland said told the Norwegian news agency NTB.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Canada Rules Out Lifting Sanctions

VANCOUVER— Canada on Saturday ruled out lifting any sanctions in the immediate aftermath of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. “Those sanctions will remain in place,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper soon after her release. In December 2007, Canada imposed the toughest sanctions in the world against the Burmese regime. Pleased that Suu Kyi has finally been released from house arrest, Harper said she is an unwavering champion of peace, democracy and respect for human rights in Burma, despite being held in detention for 15 of the past 21 years. “Neither her trial nor appeal process were conducted in line with international standards. She was not granted due process and should never have been detained,” Harper said. In recognition of her struggle to promote fundamental freedoms and democratic principles, she was granted honorary Canadian citizenship by the Parliament in 2007.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Suu Kyi Meets with Diplomats

RANGOON—At 11:30 a.m. opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with at least 30 foreign diplomats at the NLD party office in Rangoon. Thousands of supporters await her speech at 12 a.m.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

State Media Report on Suu Kyi's Release

RANGOON — Burma's state-run media reported on Saturday night the release of Aung San Suu Kyi. According to the report, Police Chief Brig-Gen Khin Yi met with Suu Kyi, and said he was pleased to see she was healthy. Khin Yi read a statement from the Home Ministry, saying she was “given total amnesty without prejudice.” Khin Yi also said he hoped to see a peaceful and stable Burma, and said Aung San Suu Kyi also expressed that wish. According to the statement, Suu Kyi's two female housemates, Khin Khin Win and Win Ma Ma, were also released from the same 18 months sentence.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Thousands Gather in Rangoon

RANGOON—Thousands of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters have been gathering around the headquarters of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), in anticipation of her speech at 12 p.m. on Sunday. People are also arriving from other areas of the country, said NLD sources.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Suu Kyi to Listen to the People

RANGOON—Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she will listen to the people before deciding on her future course, according to Win Tin, the secretary of the National League for Democracy, who, along with other executive members of the party, met with her for about three hours shortly after her release on Saturday night. “Yesterday, I met her for the first time in more than 20 years,” Win Tin said. “She is exactly who I met in 1988—as energetic and enthusiastic as ever. She is well prepared to lead [the party], and I was impressed by her ideas, thoughts and moral character. She will reclaim the hearts of the people.” He also said he was concerned about her safety.

Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010

Suu Kyi to Meet Press, Diplomats and Deliver Speech

RANGOON—Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Rangoon at 11 a.m. on Sunday. She is expected to meet with diplomats and local and foreign media, in her first press conference since her release on Saturday. She will deliver a speech at 12 p.m. About 2,000 supporters, many carrying signs with the message “We love Suu,” were waiting to hear her. Later Sunday, she will visit the home of U Lwin, an NLD senior leader. His wife died on Friday. Published Sunday, 14 November, 2010
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