Burmese Activist Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel laureate, member of the Myanmar opposition party and chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD). Suu Kyi was born into a political family. Her father was assassinated when Suu Kyi was an infant; he was killed for playing a key role in establishing his country’s independence from the British in 1947. Suu Kyi would go on to play a similarly historical role in shaping her nation.
Returning to her country after studying in India and the UK in 1988, Suu Kyi joined the democratic movement that was sweeping across Myanmar (Burma) in response to a violent military coup that killed up to 5,000 protesters. In the same year, Suu Kyi established the NLD and they ran in the national elections. Suu Kyi was detained under house arrest leading up to the elections in 1990. The NLD won the majority of votes as well as the majority of parliamentary seats, but they did not take power. Instead, over the next two decades, Suu Kyi was detained as a political prisoner over two long stretches which totalled 15 years. She was finally released in November 2010.
These photos are from Suu Kyi recent tour of the United States, where she received the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington to honour her commitment to justice, democracy and political reconciliation.
Photos via: TIME.