Aung San Suu Kyi
The World’s Top Dissidents
A small sample of the thousands of brave men and women leading the global fight for freedom and democracy.
BY ANDREW SWIFT, PETER WILLIAMS | MAY 7, 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi in 1999.
Aung San Suu Kyi: Few global dissidents are as well known as Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient whose long and storied career as a democratic activist in Burma has inspired thousands to support her in solidarity. After participating in a massive street protest of students against the dictatorship on Aug. 8, 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi went on to found Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which won the 1990 general election with 82 percent of the vote. Before Aung San Suu Kyi could assume the premiership, however, the Burmese junta nullified the election results and placed her under house arrest, where she has more or less been ever since. Recently, Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior NLD leaders decided to boycott the first round of Burma’s general election — the first to be held in decades — citing an unjust electoral process.