Aung San Suu Kyi, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for democracy in Burma and she remained under house arrest for almost 20 years.
iNFO: Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace awarded woman because she claimed the freedom of her country and the establishment of democracy and she resisted the Burmese dictatorship (military dictatorship since 1965, I think it is the longest).
Aung San Suu Kyi has been a major voice
for human rights and for the freedom of Myanmar, a country dominated by
the military government.
story: She has remained in prison almost for 20
years rejecting the government’s offer of her freedom as it would require her
to leave Burma and on 2003 she was placed under house arrest, which has been
repeatedly and illegally extended by the junta.
All these have happened just few years
And it's so wired to know that you grew
up in a country where democracy is so often confused with impunity while at the
same time in another country freedom does not event exist.
Aung San Suu Kyi tried a couple of times
to be elected with NLD political party in Myanmar. However the government was
using law gaps to reject her nomination though she had the support of Myanmar
people. At the end of 2015, Myanmar has elections and NLD seems to dominate
with Aung San Suu Kyi who is very popular for her candidacy. Few days ago, it
was announced that she might not be able to take the seat in the parliament
because her family lives abroad.
“Use your liberty to promote ours” Aung San Suu Kyi had said to UN Representatives when media and international aid didn’t have access in the country and no one knew about the Burmese junta suppression.
And please remember that...
No 1: Myanmar is still under military rule. The
government records everything especially if you travel across the country's
regions. While in the north there is still tension.
No 2: Myanmar is still under military rule. Road
network, water and electricity supply system and internet is limited, and
sometimes the power cuts are not random. In October when Obama was visiting the
country, there was an electricity cut for almost 6 hours.
No 3: Government agreed to be more "open"
to the west when they realized the profit that they could earn through the
investments. China and USA are trying to devour as much as they can from that
small country which apparently is rich in minerals, wood and natural gas. New
big shopping malls, hotels and office buildings are being continually built up
making this country always being under construction.
No 4: The Rohingya name is forbidden to use it
here. The Rohingyas have been officially classified by the UN as one of the
most persecuted indigenous in the world and they are considered as the
Palestinians of Asia. They live in the country since the 8th century, but they
are not officially registered, and they called as "non-citizens" and
"illegal immigrants". Apparently, they are a Muslim
minority population in a Buddhist country. Aung San Suu Kyi has made
no statement about them during her campaign.
And if I should mention some numbers about Rohingya people, they are approximately 800.000.stateless people.