Although emerging from a military background, Aung San Suu Kyi has long lived as the embodiment of the only viable political alternative in Myanmar. She dared to speak out, not focusing on personal grievances such as the murder of her late father General Aung San, and the destruction of her personal and family life. Instead she called for a new social contract in Myanmar before and after her annulled landslide election win in 1990. Her longstanding vision for Myanmar is the establishment of country that tolerates it’s own religious and cultural diversity, end political and social repression, and exploitative economic practices, that have robbed Myanmar’s people of the most basic of human dignities.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s election win in Myanmar marks the end of a long and arduous journey marred by personal tribulation, confinement, loneliness, betrayal at home and abroad, and the loss of valued comrades. It was her grace and dignity in refusing to respond in kind, in the face of the most brutal provocations, that has helped her to become a world leader of legendary stature. Aung San Suu Kyi’s election win has transferred the leadership baton from the Generals to the people of Myanmar, and is a monument to the sacrifice of those that have died in the name of a free Burma. We salute Aung San Suu Kyi for standing in a league of her own.