Friday, December 31, 2010

APU Person of the Year -- Aung Sun Suu Kyi

SACRAMENTO -- Aung Sun Suu Kyi is's Person of the Year for 2010.  The activist was released from house arrest by the Myanmar government on 13 November 2010.

Suu Kyi was also this site's person of the year in 2003.

The November 2010 release was ordered by the Myanmar courts on August 2009.  She was last arrested on May 30, 2003 and her captivity has been extended three times since then.  Her release shortly after the ruling party scored a landslide in nationwide elections is seen by many analysts as a sign of confidence on the part of the government.

The Nobel Prize winner spoke to a jubilant crowd of supporters after her release.  She has been under arrest for 15 of the least 20 years.

On Dec. 27 she vistied her mother's tomb on the latter's 22nd death anniversary.

In a statement released on Friday, Suu Kyi called on the people of Myanmar to pull together for the sake of the nation.  She said that the time was right for "national reconciliation as well as a truly united spirit."

For more biographical information, see our write-up from 2003:

Aung Sun Suu Kyi is the second person to win this honor twice, and the first to win twice on her own.  Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il share the Person of the Year award in 2001 and Kim Jong-il again won on his own in 2006.