May 22, 2009
The military junta that runs Myanmar has sought to silence its leading critic by holding her under house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years. Yet the longer Aung San Suu Kyi remains in detention, the more powerful she becomes. The generals first locked her away in 1990, but if they believed she would fade from view, they were badly mistaken. The next year, she won the Nobel Peace Prize.
September 19, 2012 |
President Obama will meet Wednesday with Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi, the White House said. The human rights advocate and member of the Myanmar National Assembly is visiting the U.S. for the first time in two decades, after a lengthy series of house arrests from 1989 to 2010. Her tour includes a meeting with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and leaders on the Hill, who will award her the Congressional Gold Medal. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was initially awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2008 during a house arrest imposed by Myanmar's military junta.
May 19, 2009 |
Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi was put on trial behind closed doors Monday, police ringing the prison court to deter supporters who say she is being prosecuted to keep her out of politics. Despite the closed nature of the trial, a U.S. consular official was allowed in because an American, John William Yettaw, is also a defendant. He prompted the charges against Suu Kyi by swimming to her property and sneaking into her home where she is being held under house arrest.
December 23, 2012 |
Though some have claimed that 2012 was “the best year ever” on a global scale, it certainly doesn't seem that way from a cursory glance at the headlines. Civil wars, revolutions and natural disasters seemed as rampant as ever, but amid the chaos, there appeared to be steps in the right direction. In the Middle East, the "Arab Spring" continued to revolutionize the region. Egypt's elections, which brought Mohamed Morsi to power, have since sparked fighting between his supporters and those accusing him of trying to consolidate power . There was the continuing crisis in Syria ; an increasingly isolated and nuclear-ambitious Iran; yet another military flare-up between Israelis and Palestinians; and the lethal attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi , Libya, prompted political controversy in the U.S. The Great Recession clung to Europe, with Greece and Spain particularly volatile as citizens resisted austerity measures . The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize , but violent protests in Athens and beyond tested fiscal resolve.
May 26, 2007 |
Myanmar's military government extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi for another year, defying an outpouring of international appeals for the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's freedom. Suu Kyi, 60, has spent more than 11 of the last 17 years in detention and most of the last four years confined to her residence in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
October 18, 2003 |
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell denounced Myanmar's detention of democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi as "a travesty" and said he and President Bush would press Asian nations in meetings this weekend to adopt a tougher stance on the regime. Speaking to reporters as he flew to Bangkok, Thailand, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Powell said the U.S. would raise concerns about the treatment of Suu Kyi and the response of Asian nations.