Publisher: Rider; REVISED AND UPDATED edition (2 Oct. 2008)
Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
Aung San Suu Kyi is known for her courageous stand for democracy and human rights inside Burma (now Myanmar). The Voice of Hope offers unquestionably the most wide-ranging collection of Aung San Suu Kyi views on the political situation inside Burma, her non-violent approach to democracy and human rights, her Buddhist beliefs, her family, and how she keeps a sense of meaning and purpose under the most difficult conditions.
Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Yangon, Myanmar, in 1945. She returned home only to find widespread slaughter of protesters rallying against the brutal rule of dictator U Ne Win after years of living and studying abroad. She spoke out against him and initiated a nonviolent movement toward achieving democracy and human rights. In 1989, the government placed Suu Kyi under house arrest, and she spent 15 of the next 21 years in custody. In 1991, her ongoing efforts won her the Nobel Prize for Peace, and she was finally released from house arrest in November 2010 and subsequently held a seat in parliament for the National League for Democracy party until 2015. That November, the NLD won a landslide victory, giving them a majority control of parliament and allowing them to select the country's next president. It March 2016 Suu Kyi's adviser Htin Kyaw was selected for the post, and the following month Suu Kyi was named the state counsellor, a position above the presidency that allows her to direct the country's affairs.