Aung San Suu Kyi
|“||It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.||„|
|~ Aung San Suu Kyi|
Aung San Suu Kyi (Yangon, Burma, June 19, 1945) is a Burmese politician who served as the country’s State Councillor (A role similar to Prime Minister or Chancellor) from 2016 to 2021. She could not assume the Presidency of the government despite the fact that the leading party, National League for Democracy (LND), won the elections held in November 2015, since the Burmese Constitution prohibits occupying the post to those who have children with foreign passports and those of Suu Kyi have British nationality. Finally, the Parliament - in which the NLD has an absolute majority - elected as president of Burma Htin Kyaw, a close friend of Suu Kyi and with four of the most important government ministries, Aung San Suu Kyi would go on to rule in the shade.
In recent years, Suu Kyi's struggle for the democratization of Burma received international support through numerous awards: she received the Rafto Prize; in 1990, the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought and in 1991, the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1992 she received the Jawaharlal Nehrupara Prize for international understanding, awarded by the Government of India and the Simón Bolívar International Prize, by the Government of Venezuela. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan gave her the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto prize for democracy. In 2007, the Government of Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country, making her the the fourth person to receive this honor. In 2011, she was awarded the Wallenberg medal.4 On September 19, 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil honor in the United States.
However, all these honors are now worthless due to the inaction of the Nobel Peace Prize regarding the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in fact several honorary citizenships have been revoked. The minister's impassivity cost her the Oxford Freedom Prize and the Elie Wiesel Prize, awarded by the prestigious Holocaust Museum in the United States. Three other Nobel Peace Laureates, Yemeni Tawakkol Karman, Norwegian Mairead Maguire and Iranian Shirin Ebadi, have expressed deep criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi after visiting the refugee camps in Bangladesh. She is also good friends with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
In early 2021, Min Aung Hlaing (long accused of being the de facto leader of the country) seized power in a military coup. Kyi was arrested along with other political leaders and accused of election fraud. It is unknown if she will face trial.