Aung San Suu Kyi
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Aung San Suu Kyi

For the past decade, Aung San Suu Kyi has been at the helm of Burma's pro-democracy movement.

In 1988, she founded the National League for Democracy, which won a landslide victory in the 1990 elections. However, Aung San Suu Kyi was put under house arrest and the elections were declared invalid. She was detained for six years although never tried for or convicted of any crime.

Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for the peaceful expression of her political views and her insistence on non-violence in Burma's struggle for democracy.