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Aung San Suu Kyi: A life in pictures

Aung San Suu Kyi's family in 1947

Aung San Suu Kyi is Burma's opposition heroine, seen here aged two, with her parents and two elder brothers in 1947.

Aung San Suu Kyi sits beneath a portrait of her father General Aung San

As the daughter of General Aung San who led Burma to independence, her homeland was never far from her thoughts.

At her home whilst under house arrest in 1989

After a period of time overseas she returned to Burma in 1988, and was soon put under house arrest at her lakeside residence.

Aung San Suu Kyi making speeches in 1995 after she was released the first time

It was six years before she was released from this first stint in detention.

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (unseen) and her 12 supporters are locked in cars in a roadside standoff in Dala, a small town just outside Yangon, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2000

But Aung San Suu Kyi continued to suffer restrictions to her movement out of the capital and in 2000 she was again arrested.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaking at a press conference after being freed from 19 months under house arrest,

She was released unconditionally in May 2002, but just over a year later she was put in prison following a clash between her supporters and a government-backed mob.

Campaigners in the UK protesting for Aung San Suu Kyi to be released.

In September 2003 she was allowed to move back home, but despite intense pressure for her release she has remained under house arrest.

Burmese Prime Minister Soe Win

An apparent power struggle which saw hardliner Soe Win become prime minister in October 2004 further dimmed hopes of Aung San Suu Kyi's quick release.

Ibrahim Gambari touches a statue of Buddha while visiting the historical Shwe Da Gon pagoda in Yangon, 18 May 2006

But hopes were then raised by the junta's agreement to a meeting between senior UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari and Aung San Suu Kyi in May 2006.

Police guard Aung San Suu Kyi as she applauds the demonstrators on 22 September 2007

During anti-government protests led by Buddhist monks in 2007, Ms Suu Kyi made her first public appearance since 2003, greeting monks outside her house and praying with them.

A portrait of detained democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is displayed at National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon

For the Burmese people, Aung San Suu Kyi represents their best and perhaps sole hope that one day there will be an end to the country's military repression.

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