People around the world have been celebrating today’s release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest. A Nobel Peace Prize winner and practicing Theravada Buddhist, Aung San Suu Kyi was elected Prime Minister of Burma/Myanmar in 1990 but has been detained by Myanmar’s military government for around fifteen of the twenty plus years since.

For further reading:

“Burma releases pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi” -BBC 

“Burmese Dissident Is Freed After Long Detention” -New York Times 

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Released, Her Safety and Possible Re-arrest Major Concerns, Over 2,200 Political Prisoners still Remain in Prisons” -U.S. Campaign for Burma. 

 

Image: ©Shepard Fairey

 

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