Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?


Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?

Aung San Suu Kyi is the political leader of Burma, now known as Myanmar.

She is the leader of the political party called the National League for Democracy, where she holds the office of the State Counsellor. This makes her something like the Prime Minister of the country. She has held this position since November 2015.

Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1991 for leading the fight for democracy in Myanmar.

What does that mean? That means that she fought for the people of Myanmar to have a choice in how they lived, rather than having to only follow the rules of the military. She was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., and fought through peaceful means.

Why is Aung San Suu Kyi in the news just now?

Today due to the refugee crisis and the awful treatment of the Rohingyas in Myanmar, there are a lot of people who are of the opinion that Aung San Suu Kyi should be stripped of her honour as a champion of peace and democracy. It is not clear why she is so silent on this issue, but the military in Myanmar is still very powerful and she may feel that she can do more good by leading the country and not angering the military. We hope that she steps up and helps the Rohingyas out of such a tragic way of life.

Contributor: Jahnavi Kohli, a lawyer, writer, and mom!

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