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DAW SUU WATCH > BIOGRAPHY
  Formative years and political beginnings
19 Jun 1945
  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is born in Rangoon.
19 Jul 1947
  Daw Suu’s father, General Aung San, considered the father of Burmese Independence, is assassinated.
1960
  Daw Suu moves to India where her mother, Daw Khin Kyi, is Ambassador. She later continues her studies in the United Kingdom.
1969-1971
  Daw Suu serves as Assistant Secretary, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions, at the UN Secretariat in New York.
1972
  Daw Suu marries Michael Aris and joins him in Bhutan, where she becomes Research Officer in the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1973
  Daw Suu returns to England for the birth of her son, Alexander, in London.
1977
  Daw Suu gives birth of her second son, Kim, in Oxford.
1985-1986
  Daw Suu lives in Japan as Visiting Scholar at the Center of Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University.
  Daw Suu’s fate entwined with the Burmese people
1 Apr 1988
 
Daw Suu returns to Burma to take care of her sick mother, Daw Khin Kyi.
26 Aug 1988
 
During nationwide mass demonstrations for democracy, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi takes a leading role in the movement and addresses half a million people in front of the Shwedagon pagoda in Rangoon.
24 Sep 1988
 
Daw Suu becomes NLD General Secretary.
Jul 1988 - Jul 1989
 
As leader of the NLD, Daw Suu tours the country extensively and delivers over a hundred public addresses during campaign rallies in Rangoon, Tenasserim, Pegu, Magwe, Sagaing, and Mandalay Divisions and in Kachin and Mon States.
27 Dec 1988
 
Daw Khin Kyi dies.
  House arrest and harassment
20 Jul 1989
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is placed under house arrest and disqualified from running in the May 1990 elections.
14 Oct 1991
 
Nobel Committee awards Daw Suu the Peace Prize. She uses the US$1.3 million prize money to establish a health and education trust for the Burmese people.
10 Jul 1995
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest.
13 Mar 1996
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is forced to cancel trip to Mandalay to attend supporters' trial after the train coach she booked on develops a last-minute fault. She later tells reporters that the SLORC trying to prevent her from meeting the people.
1996 to 2000
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi defies travel bans and continuously attempts to travel outside Rangoon, but roads are blocked and train coaches left behind in order to prevent her departure.
10 Nov 1996
 
Two-hundred USDA members rock Daw Suu’s car, hit it with iron bars and smash the rear window while SPDC troops watch.
23 Jul 1998
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi spends several days in her car after being blocked by police when trying to leave Rangoon to meet with NLD officials. A five-day standoff is forcibly ended by the military.
12 Aug 1998
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi leaves her home to meet NLD members outside Rangoon. As in previous attempts, authorities block her en route. After a 13-day stand-off on a bridge outside Rangoon, Daw Suu succumbs to illness and dehydration and is forced to turn back.
27 Mar 1999
 
Michael Aris dies of cancer in London. His last request to visit Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he had last seen in 1995, is rejected. The junta urges Daw Suu to join her family in the UK, but she knows that doing so means she would not be allowed to return to Burma.
5 Apr 1999
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi confronts an SPDC Army unit ordered to aim their rifles at her while campaigning in the Irrawaddy delta.
2 Sep 2000
 
Two-hundred riot police surround Daw Suu’s motorcade near Dala, Rangoon Division, and force them to return to Rangoon after a nine day stand-off.
21 Sep 2000
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other NLD leaders attempt to travel to Mandalay by train. SPDC authorities place Daw Suu under house arrest.
Oct 2001
 
Through UN Special Envoy for Burma Razali Ismail, the SPDC and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi begin talks with the SPDC on national reconciliation. Both sides agree to maintain the substance of their discussions confidential. Razali and Daw Suu meet more than 20 times between August 2001 and March 2004. The dialogue eventually collapses following the Depayin massacre and Daw Suu’s ensuing detention.
  Brief respite from house arrest
6 May 2002
 
SPDC releases Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
May 2002
 
Following her release from house arrest, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi leads a convoy of NLD members and supporters to visit around 135 Townships in 12 States and Divisions, where she is warmly welcomed by tens of thousands of people.
25 Dec 2002
 
During Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’ s trip to Arakan State, SPDC authorities in some areas place roadblocks to stop her vehicle.
3 Apr 2003
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi begins an 11-day campaign tour in Chin State. Thousands of people turned up to greet the pro-democracy leader despite threats from local SPDC authorities.
May 2003
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi tours Kachin and Shan States, and Mandalay and Sagaing Divisions in the weeks leading up to the 30 May Depayin massacre.
30 May 2003
 
NLD members and supporters accompanying Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are attacked by pro-junta thugs near Depayin, Sagaing Division. As a result, more than 100 NLD members and elected MP, supporters, monks and students are arrested, killed, wounded and missing. The regime detains Daw Aung San Suu Kyi following the Depayin massacre.
  Third house arrest term
Sep 2003
 
Following gynecological surgery, Daw Suu is placed under house arrest once more.
29 Apr 2004
 
NLD Central Executive Committee meeting is permitted at Daw Suu’s residence and the party decides to participate at the National Convention if the SPDC agree with the party’s demands, including the release of Daw Suu and party chair U Tin Oo, and the reopening of NLD offices. The SPDC refuses to comply and the NLD boycotts the National Convention.
20 May 2006
 
Daw Suu meets with UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari.
27 May 2006
 
Daw Suu’s house arrest term is extended for another year, flouting a direct appeal from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to SPDC Chairman Sr GenThan Shwe.
11 Nov 2006
 
Daw Suu meets with Ibrahim Gambari.
30 Sep 2007
 
Daw Suu meets with UN Special Advisor on Burma Ibrahim Gambari at an SPDC guesthouse.
2 Oct 2007
 
Daw Suu meets with Ibrahim Gambari.
25 Oct 2007
 
Daw Suu meets with SPDC Liaison Minister Maj Gen Aung Kyi for the first time.
8 Nov 2007
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with Ibrahim Gambari and releases a statement on national reconciliation.
9 Nov 2007
 
Daw Suu again meets with SPDC Liaison Minister Maj Gen Aung Kyi.
19 Nov 2007
 
Daw Suu meets with SPDC Liaison Minister Maj Gen Aung Kyi.
11 Jan 2008
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the SPDC Liaison Minister Maj Gen Aung Kyi meet for an hour at a military facility in Rangoon. She expresses her frustration that there is no timeline and reiterates her desire that representatives from the ethnic nationalities be invited as well.
30 Jan 2008
 
Daw Suu meets with SPDC Liaison Minister Maj Gen Aung Kyi for the fifth time. She expresses her frustration to the NLD that the SPDC is toying with her.
8 Mar 2008
 
Daw Suu meets with Ibrahim Gambari.
10 Mar 2008
 
Daw Suu meets with Ibrahim Gambari again.
27 May 2008
 
SPDC extends Daw Suu’s house arrest by another year.
2 Feb 2009
 
Daw Suu meets with Ibrahim Gambari for the eighth time and tells Gambari that the UN Secretary-General should not visit Burma until all political prisoners are released.
  Sham trial and conviction
6 May 2009
 
SPDC arrests John William Yettaw, a 53-year-old American man, while he is swimming in Rangoon’s Inya Lake. The SPDC alleges that the man was returning from a visit to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s lakeside residence. The junta also says that the man spent two nights at Daw Suu’s home before leaving late on 5 May.
13 May 2009
 
SPDC authorities transfer Daw Aung Suu Kyi to Insein prison to face trial for allegedly violating the conditions of her house arrest.
11 Aug 2009
 
Following an 86-day sham trial, the SPDC sentences Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to three years in prison with hard labor for violating the conditions of her house arrest. Shortly after the court announces the sentence, SPDC Chairman Sr Gen Than Shwe commutes the sentence to 18 months to be served under house arrest.
  Release and election to Parliament
13 Nov 2010
  SPDC releases Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
19 Jun 2011
  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates her birthday in freedom for the first time since 2002.
19 Aug 2011
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi meets with President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw.
30 Nov 2011
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announces she will contest the parliamentary by-elections.
1 Apr 2012
 
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi wins a parliamentary seat in the People’s Assembly after defeating her two rival candidates in a by-election in Rangoon Division’s Kawmoo constituency.
2 May 2012
  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is sworn in to Burma’s Parliament.