Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese pro democracy leader and Nobel Peace prize winner. A renowned advocate of non-violence and human rights who spent many years under house arrest. 

Fixing Myanmar’s electoral roll – and why many voters have June 30 as their birthday

People check voter lists posted on a wall in Kawtmu, about two hours outside Yangon. As Myanmar's November 8 election grows closer, the opposition is worried about the electoral rolls which they say are riddled with errors. Photo: AFP

“Go and check the voters lists” is the persistent refrain of worried opposition activists on a door-to-door campaign in Myanmar, armed with copies of electoral rolls they say are riddled with errors and could deny many the chance to vote in a historic ballot.

Saturday, 18 July, 2015, 8:01am

Why Aung San Suu Kyi has stayed silent on the plight of Rohingya

Illustration: Craig Stephens

When thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar were discovered floating in boats on the Southeast Asian seas much of the world was understandably gripped by this unfolding human tragedy.

24 May 2015 - 7:56am 2 comments

Aung San Suu Kyi's honour for her independence hero father

Aung San Suu Kyi leads celebrations for the 100th birthday of her father, Aung San. Photo: AFP

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addressed a crowd of thousands in the biggest celebrations honouring her independence hero father in memory, underscoring her legacy months before momentous elections.

14 Feb 2015 - 8:37pm

We can't force change to constitution, admits Aung San Suu Kyi's party

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency.

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted it cannot win its fight to change a constitutional provision barring her from Myanmar's presidency, as the powerful military signalled strong opposition to such amendments.

20 Nov 2014 - 4:25am

Myanmar bar on Aung San Suu Kyi presidency to stay for elections

Myanmar's constitution bans those with a foreign spouse or children. Aung San Suu Kyi's late husband and two sons are British. Photo: AP

Myanmar's parliament speaker said the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November next year.

19 Nov 2014 - 8:37pm

Barring Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar presidency ‘doesn’t make much sense’

Aung San Suu Kyi embraces Barack Obama during their press conference yesterday at her lakeside home in Yangon. Photo: EPA

Barack Obama mounted a warm show of support for Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing opposition to a constitutional rule that prevents her becoming president.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:09pm 3 comments

Myanmese government must clear obstacles to true democracy

Aung San Suu Kyi is currently barred from taking the presidency by a clause in the junta-drafted constitution that excludes anyone with a foreign spouse or children.

It is three years since the government of Myanmar's President Thein Sein began implementing economic and political reforms that transformed a militarily suppressed nation and prompted the West to lift most sanctions.

9 Nov 2014 - 5:17am 1 comment

Reform stalling in Myanmar, Suu Kyi warns

Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar's reform process is "stalling".

Myanmar's reform process is "stalling", opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said, warning the United States against over-optimism before a visit by President Barack Obama to the former pariah state.

6 Nov 2014 - 9:43am

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi set to visit China next month, her party says

China hasn't confirmed Aung San Suu Kyi's visit. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to visit China next month, senior members of her political party said.

6 Nov 2014 - 3:44am 3 comments

Myanmar parliament will consider allowing Suu Kyi to run for presidency

Suu Kyi greets army chief Min Aung Hlaing as parliamentary speaker Thura Shwe Mann looks on. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution - which currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president - ahead of crucial elections next year.

3 Nov 2014 - 8:06pm

Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Myanmar's military leader for first time

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will meet Senior General Min Aung Hlaing for the first time. Photo: AFP

Myanmar's president and its powerful military chief will hold an unprecedented meeting to address cracks widening in the fledgling democracy ahead of an election next year.

31 Oct 2014 - 5:24am 1 comment

With Aung San Suu Kyi barred, party may back ex-general for president

Shwe Mann (left) and Aung San Suu Kyi have cooperated in parliament. Photos: Reuters, EPA

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) will go into next year's parliamentary election in Myanmar with no candidate for president and might even support a former general from the pro-military ruling party, NLD officials said.

25 Sep 2014 - 2:51am

Ban on Suu Kyi standing for Myanmar presidency poses dilemma for party

Suu Kyi's bid for the presidency is running out of time. Photo: Xinhua

Aung San Suu Kyi's quarter-century quest to lead Myanmar is running out of time because of a legal roadblock, posing a dilemma for a party that was forged around the mystique of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

5 Aug 2014 - 8:32am

Millions sign petition in Myanmar urging army to curtail its power

Suu Kyi believes "she has been born to rule". Photo: AP

Myanmar's opposition has gathered millions of signatures in support of changes to a constitution that bars its leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, in a show of strength ahead of elections next year.

21 Jul 2014 - 8:04pm

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party youth ready to rise in ranks

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends her party's first nationwide youth conference in Yangon yesterday. Photo: AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar opposition party faced calls to inject new blood into its ageing top ranks as it opened a landmark conference dedicated to its youth wing.

6 Jul 2014 - 5:40am