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Brief Biography and Background of Aung San Suu Kyi

During 1989-1991

April 5,1989 - Aung San Suu Kyi confronts an army unit ordered to aim their rifles at her while campaigning in the Irrawaddy Delta. An army major finally intervenes, countermands the order and prevents her assassination.

June 21,1989 - Aung San Suu Kyi attends memorial service for the dissidents killed earlier in 1988 uprisings. The military detains several students.

July 20, 1989 - Suu Kyi placed under house arrest in Rangoon. Many other NLD leaders arrested.

January 16, 1990 - The SLORC's Election Commission rules Suu Kyi ineligible for elections due in May.

May 27, 1990 - Despite her continuing detention, the National League for Democracy won a landslide victory in the general elections by securing 82 percent of the seats. (The NLD wins 392 out of 485 parliamentary seats in the first multi-party general election since 1960.) The military junta refuses to recognize the results of the election.

June 19, 1990 - SLORC chief Saw Maung rules out a quick transfer of power saying a new constitution needed first.

October 12, 1990 - Awarded, in absentia, the 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize.

December 19,1990 - In response to a call by UN Secretary General Perez de Cuellar for her release, the SLORC issued a statement that "should she wish to stay together with her husband and children, she would be allowed to leave Burma on humanitarian grounds."

July 10, 1991 - Awarded, in absentia, the 1990 Sakharov Prize. (human rights prize of the European Parliament)

August 10,1991 - The military regime retroactively amends the law under which Aung San Suu Kyi is held to allow for detention for up to five years without charge or trial.

October 14, 1991 - Suu Kyi wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

December 10, 1991 - Aung San Suu Kyi's Freedom from fear and other writings published in London.

December 15, 1991 - Following pressure from SLORC, NLD expels Suu Kyi from party.

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