Aung San Suu Kyi


Aung San Suu Kyi : biography

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  • In June 2011, the BBC announced that Aung San Suu Kyi was to deliver the 2011 Reith Lectures. The BBC covertly recorded two lectures with Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma, which were then smuggled out of the country and brought back to London.. (10 June 2011). Retrieved 10 August 2011. The lectures were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service on 28 June 2011 and 5 July 2011.
  • In November 2011, Suu Kyi received Francois Zimeray, France’s Ambassador for Human Rights.
  • 8 March 2012, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird presented Aung San Suu Kyi a certificate of honorary Canadian citizenship and an informal invitation to visit Canada.
  • In April 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron became the first leader of a major world power to visit Aung San Su Kyi and the first of a British prime minister since the 1950s. In his visit, Cameron invited San Su Kyi to Britain where she would be able to visit her ‘beloved’ Oxford, an invitation which she later accepted. She visited Britain on 19 June 2012.
  • In May 2012, Suu Kyi received the inaugural Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent of the Human Rights Foundation.
  • 29 May 2012 PM Manmohan Singh of India visited Aung San Suu Kyi. In his visit, PM invited San Suu Kyi to India as well. She started her 6–day visit to India on 16 November 2012 where among one of the places she visited was her Alma Mater Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.


Aung San Suu Kyi derives her name from three relatives: "Aung San" from her father, "Suu" from her paternal grandmother, and "Kyi" from her mother Khin Kyi.. Nobel Prize Foundation. She is frequently called Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Daw is not part of her name, but is an honorific, similar to madame, for older, revered women, literally meaning "aunt." She is also often referred to as Daw Suu by the Burmese (or Amay Suu, lit. "Mother Suu," by some followers), or "Aunty Suu", and as Dr. Suu Kyi, Ms. Suu Kyi, or Miss Suu Kyi by the foreign media. However, like other Burmese, she has no surname (see Burmese names).

International support

May 2009 demonstration for Aung San Suu Kyi in Rome, Italy The 2009 celebration of Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday in Dublin, Ireland Aung San Suu Kyi has received vocal support from Western nations in Europe,. IOL. 7 October 2007 Australia and North BBC News, 18 December 2007. and South America, as well as India, Israel, Japan the Philippines and South Korea. In December 2007, the US House of Representatives voted unanimously 400–0 to award Aung San Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal; the Senate concurred on 25 April 2008.Schor, Elana (25 April 2008). . The Guardian. On 6 May 2008, President George Bush signed legislation awarding Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal.. BBC News Online. 6 May 2008. She is the first recipient in American history to receive the prize while imprisoned. More recently, there has been growing criticism of her detention by Burma’s neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, particularly from Indonesia,. Mizzima. 9 June 2009 Thailand,. Bangkok Post. 25 May 2009 the PhilippinesPhilippine Daily Inquirer. 27 January 2008.. Gulfnews. 30 May 2007. and Singapore.. Channel News Asia. 27 May 2009 At one point Malaysia warned Burma that it faced expulsion from ASEAN as a result of the detention of Suu Kyi.. BBC News Online. 20 July 2003 Other nations including South Africa,. Mail & Guardian. 22 May 2009 Bangladesh. Daily Star. 19 June 2006 and the Maldives also called for her release. The United Nations has urged the country to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, the restoration of democracy, and full respect for human rights. 27 May 2007. In December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning the human rights situation in Burma and calling for Suu Kyi’s release—80 countries voting for the resolution, 25 against and 45 abstentions.. Taipei Times. 26 December 2008 Other nations, such as China and Russia, are less critical of the regime and prefer to cooperate only on economic matters.. Daily Times of Pakistan. 25 March 2009 Indonesia has urged China to push Burma for reforms.. Jakarta Post. 13 June 2009 However, Samak Sundaravej, former Prime Minister of Thailand, criticised the amount of support for Suu Kyi, saying that "Europe uses Aung San Suu Kyi as a tool. If it’s not related to Aung San Suu Kyi, you can have deeper discussions with Myanmar.". 25 August 2008