Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi
Sing for the Caged Bird

By Susan Chandler Kelley
Copyright 2009;
do not reprint without permission

— Nobel prize winner. Winner of a democratic election. Prisoner for 14 years. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma). Ms. Suu Kyi, 64, has already been in detention for 14 years since the military junta refused to recognize her National League for Democracy’s landslide victory in elections in 1990.
— Then just as her term was almost up, she was tried for a new offense under a 1975 law that has been superseded by later constitutions. On August 11th, 2009, Suu Kyi was sentenced to 18 months house arrest.
— Suu Kyi’s deplorable situation has only recently come to the attention of the rest of the world. However, now some well-known persons – such as Angelina Jolie, Andrew Koenig (son of Walter Koenig) and Walter Koenig himself (who played Chekov on the original Star Trek) – have attempted to bring attention to her cause and free this woman whose only real crime seems to be she was elected by a democratic vote, which made her unpopular with the ruling military regime.
— According to The U.S. Campaign for Burma site, “The recent moves started when a previously-unknown American, named John Yettaw, swam across Inya Lake (which lies behind her lakeside house where she served her detention) and entered her house on May 3, 2009. Yettaw was captured by the military regime, and Aung San Suu Kyi was charged for letting an unregistered visitor into her house, thus breaching the terms of her house detention. Perhaps only in Burma could the owner of a home be charged with breaking a law after an intruder broke into the home!” Should she remain under arrest until after the next Myanmar election in 2009 (which seems nearly certain), the ruling military regime will probably remain in power.
— The U.S. Campaign for Burma works tirelessly to raise money and awareness for Ms. Suu Kyi. Anyone interested in making a donation to this cause, or finding out more about the conditions in Myanmar (Burma), can do so online at their site:


One Response to “Aung San Suu Kyi”

    September 17TH @ 4:00PM
    Myanmar Mission
    ( 10 East 77th Street New York, N.Y. 10075 )
    On September 18th in Rangoon an appeal against the extended house arrest of human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Aung San Suu Kyi will be heard. Although Suu Kyi has spent nearly 14 of the last 20 years in detention, her sentence was extended by 18 months for breaching security laws last August.
    Join us as we rally on September 17th at 4:00pm to call on the government of Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi and all prisoners of conscience.
    For more information on our rally please contact: or 212.633.4215
    For more information on Aung San Suu Kyi please see below:
    Aung San Suu Kyi co-founded the National League for Democracy (NLD), a pro-democracy political party that sought to counter the military junta that has reigned over Myanmar since 1962. In 1990, the NLD won almost 80 percent of the parliamentary seats in a general election. Surprised by the landslide victory, the military junta refused to transfer power to Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD, and jailed scores of political activists.
    For nearly 14 of the past 20 years, Aung San Suu has endured detention, house arrest and restrictions on her movement.

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