Several months ago, I had the opportunity to hear Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, or “The Lady” as she is often called by the Burmese people, speak via Skype to a transfixed audience in Washington, D.C. Known for her grace, poise and steadfast determination, she was remarkably humble and clearly focused on the task ahead: democracy and peace for Burma.
While there has been some progress in Burma over the past several months, there is still much more to be done, including improving the rule of law, amendments to make the constitution more democratic and an end to government attacks on civilians.
United to End Genocide has been particularly concerned about ongoing attacks against ethnic minorities in the country, including recent violence against the Kachin people that forced 50,000 to flee their homes.
Suu Kyi will continue to be a powerful force in the effort to bring peace to Burma, challenging the government and the military to make progress. Once again, it will be The Lady and her supporters against Burma’s generals.
The next major step for Suu Kyi will be running for one of 48 seats at stake in the upcoming election that will take place at the beginning of April. This will mark the first time that she will be a candidate for an elected position since her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), overwhelmingly won the 1990 election. Despite the victory, the NLD were prevented from taking power by the military junta. After the election, the Nobel Peace laureate was forced to spend 15 of the previous 21 years under house arrest.
Watch the video below to learn more about Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi: