Aung San Suu Kyi, human-rights activist and leader of Burma's National League for Democracy, was detained in 1989 by SLORC, the ruling military junta. Today, she is newly liberated from six years' house arrest in Rangoon, where she was held as a pris Aung San Suu Kyi, human-rights activist and leader of Burma's National League for Democracy, was detained in 1989 by SLORC, the ruling military junta. Today, she is newly liberated from six years' house arrest in Rangoon, where she was held as a prisoner of conscience, despite an overwhelming victory by her party in May 1990. This collection of writings, now revised with substantial new material, including the text of the Nobel Peace Prize speech delivered by her son, reflects Aung San Suu Kyi's greatest hopes and fears for her people and her concern about the need for international cooperation, and gives poignant and humorous reminiscences as well as independent assessments of her role in politics. Containing speeches, letters and interviews, some of which are newly added, these writings give a voice to Burma's 'woman of destiny', who was awarded both the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.
Table of Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword to the First Edition Foreword to the Second Edition Introduction 1 My Father 3 2 My Country and People 39 3 Intellectual Life in Burma and India under Colonialism 82 4 Literature and Nationalism in Burma 140 5 In Quest of Democracy 167 6 Freedom from Fear 180 7 The True Meaning of Boh 186 8 Speech to a Mass Rally at the Shwedagon Pagoda 192 9 The Objectives 199 10 In the Eye of the Revolution 203 11 Two Letters to Amnesty International 208 12 Letter to the Ambassadors 211 3 The Role of the Citizen in the Struggle for Democracy 212 14 Open Letter to the UN Commission on Human Rights 214 15 Dust and Sweat 217 16 The Need for Solidarity among Ethnic Groups 218 17 The People Want Freedom 224 18 The Agreement to Stand for Election 227 19 The 1991 Nobel Prize for Peace 228 20 The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech 235 21 Towards a True Refuge 239 22 The Need for Dialogue 249 23 Empowerment for a Culture of Peace and Development 260 24 A Flowering of the Spirit: Memories of Suu and Her Family 275 25 Suu Burmese 292 26 Aung San Suu Kyi: Is She Burma's Woman of Destiny? 301 27 Aung San Suu Kyi and the Peaceful Struggle for Human Rights in Burma 318 28 The Spirit of Reconciliation 360 List of Contributors 362 Index 365