- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2005

Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, Burma, on June 19, 1945, daughter of a hero of her country’s war for independence who was assassinated by political rivals when she was 2.

She earned degrees in philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University in England, married British academic Michael Aris in 1972 and had two children.

In 1988 Mrs. Suu Kyi rushed back to Burma upon learning her mother was seriously ill. At that time, mass demonstrations against the military government left thousands dead. Mrs. Suu Kyi was arrested in 1989 for reputedly inciting unrest, and kept under house arrest for the next six years.

Barred from running in elections called by the junta in May 1990, her name nonetheless galvanized the opposition, and her National League for Democracy won 392 of the 495 seats in parliament.

The military refused to honor the results, and Mrs. Suu Kyi became a symbol of Burma’s suppressed democracy. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

She was released in 1995 but the generals continued to arrest her supporters and prevent her from traveling outside the capital.

Mrs. Suu Kyi’s husband, who had cancer, was denied permission to visit her before he died in 1999.

Mrs. Suu Kyi was put under house arrest again in 2000, released unconditionally in 2002 and rearrested in May 2003. Last month her detention was extended for six more months.

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