SOAS alumna Aung San Suu Kyi calls for 'Peaceful Revolution' in Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi (MPhil Burmese Literature, 1988) was released from house arrest on Saturday 13 November 2010. Since her release she has given a number of interviews to the world’s media.
Her first broadcast interview was given to BBC Radio 4 on Monday 15 November 2010, in which, she called for a "peaceful revolution" that would restore democracy to Burma.
Aung San Suu Kyi was a SOAS student studying for an MPhil in Burmese Literature in 1988 when she was called home suddenly to care for her seriously ill mother. It was during this visit that she became actively involved in the Burmese pro-democracy movement, as leader of the National League for Democracy.
She was first placed under house arrest by the military junta which rules the country in July 1989. She has since spent a total of more than 15 years under detention either in prison or at her home.
Aung San Suu Kyi's most recent release came less than a week after the military regime held controversial general elections in Burma.
SOAS academics have been writing and speaking to the media about what the elections and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi may mean for the country's future, including Dr Michael Charney, Reader in South East Asian and Imperial History, and Dr Tharapi Than, Lector in Burmese.