Aung San Suu Kyi | Noble Peace Winner Freed


As of 45 minutes ago it was reported that the military leader Than Shwe has signed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi who received the paperwork earlier today. Her release came on the heels of Myanmar's 7 November 2010, its first election in twenty years. Even with this demonstration of Myanmar's desire to move closer to Democracy the elections have been marred by charges of fraud.

Aung San Suu Kyi was born 19 June 1945.  She  is a Burmese opposition politician and a former General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. In the 1990 general election,  Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won 59% of the national votes and 80% (392 of 492) of the seats in Parliament, leading some to claim that this implies Suu Kyi was elected Prime Minister. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She has remained under house arrest in Myanmar for almost 14 out of the past 20 years.

Aung San Suu Kyi was the recipient of the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India. Aung San Suu Kyi is the third child and only daughter of Aung San, considered to be father of modern-day Burma. Source: Wikipedia

The newly elected government has been condemn by the international community. Even President Barak Obama  has stated the elections were "neither free nor fair."  Upon Suu Kyi's release she is expected to participate in the investigations of allegations of fraud in the polls and other irregularities.