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DAW SUU WATCH > THEY SAY ABOUT HER
South Africa is now a democracy. We can make Burma the next South Africa. If such a coalition could be mustered for Suu Kyi, the result could be as glorious. Burma would have a leader whose commitment to her people is unwavering. Asia and the world would have one of those rare leaders whose integrity and vision is already proven by her courage and sacrifice.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
By dedicating her life to the fight for human rights and democracy in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi is not only speaking out for justice in her own country, but also for all those who want to be free to choose their own destiny. As long as the struggle for freedom needs to be fought throughout the world, voices such as Aung San Suu Kyi’s will summon others to the cause. […] Aung San Suu Kyi cannot be silenced be cause she speaks the truth and because her words reflect basic Burmese and universal concepts.” - Vaclav Havel, Former Czech President
Aung San Suu Kyi’s significance and value to regional security cannot be underestimated. She commands the respect and loyalty of diverse sections of Burmese society, including military officers. Her capacity as a conciliator and unifier presents the greatest hope for stability in Burma.” - Kobsak Chutikul, former Thai diplomat & MP
Your message of non-violence and courageous support for the establishment of democracy in Burma in the face of the junta’s brutal repression and your continuing house arrest inspires people around the world.” - Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State
Suu Kyi's struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades.” - Ole Mjoes, Former Nobel Committee’s Chairman
Her [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s] continued arrest by Burma’s military junta is an outrage, her courage in the face of terror and intimidation serves as an inspiration to those throughout the world who cherish freedom and democracy.” - Mikheil Saakashvili, Former President of Georgia
Her arrest is an affront to all those who believe in liberty, in democracy, in human rights and in the sovereign right of citizens to choose their own destiny.” - Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile; Thabo Mbeki, Former President of South Africa; Goran Persson, Former Prime Minister of Sweden; Helen Clark, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
We are writing this public letter to call for the immediate release of the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. […]Aung San Suu Kyi is not calling for revolution in Burma, but rather peaceful, nonviolent dialogue between the military, National League for Democracy, and Burma’s ethnic groups.” - Letter from 59 Former Heads of State, including Marí Bin Amude Alkatiri, Former Prime Minister of East Timor; Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines; Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan; Chuan Leekpai, Former Prime Minister of Thailand; Kim Dae-jung, Former President of South Korea; Junichiro Koizumi, Former Prime Minister of Japan; Lee Hong-Koo, Former Prime Minister of South Korea; Mahathir Mohamed, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia; Megawati Sukarnoputri; Fidel Ramos, Former President of the Philippines; Chandra Shekhar, Former Prime Minister of India; Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Former Prime Minister of India; Ung Huot, Former Prime Minister of Cambodia; Abdurrahman Wahid, Former President of Indonesia
We are appalled that you receive treatment so unmerited and cannot understand why, in the face of your repression, so much of the world has remained silent.” - Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Any person in any country who believes in the power of good, anyone who believes in justice, will stand by Aung San Suu Kyi. Because Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the non-violent, compassionate leaders of our time.” - José Ramos-Horta, Former President of East Timor and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
As a tireless champion of human rights and democracy in Burma, Suu Kyi inspires countless people around the world who strive for peace, justice and freedom. In the face of great hardship she has never wavered in her commitment to peaceful change.” - George W. Bush, Former US President
And let me say this morning that when the Burmese government tries to blame the victims for the crime, and say that Aung San Suu Kyi and her party are responsible for their own repression, I can only reply that much the same was once said about Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel. The world is not fooled. And we must not be silent.” - Madeleine Albright, Former US Secretary of State
They can never kill her mind, even if she’s put in a very, very, difficult position in detention […]. They can never kill her spirit, her sense of principles or her sense of freedom.” - Xanana Gusmao, Former President of East Timor
[...] Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been kept under house arrest in Burma for most of the past two decades, but continues to be a beacon of hope and strength to people around the world. Her example has been especially important to other women in Burma who have been imprisoned for their political beliefs, driven into exile, or subjected to sexual violence by the military.” - Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
You have dedicated the whole of your life to the cause of democracy and freedom in Burma. You have selflessly highlighted the wider suffering of the Burmese people rather than dwelling on your own pain. And through that courage you have gained the respect of the entire international community not just for a person, but for a cause.” - Gordon Brown, Former UK Prime Minister
Her determination, courage and personal sacrifice in working for human rights and democratic change in Burma inspire all of us who stand for freedom and justice.” - Barack Obama, US President
Aung San Suu Kyi is a global symbol of moral courage in the face of repression.” - Jimmy Carter, Former US President
Aung San Suu Kyi’s personal courage provides inspiration and hope for the Tibetan people along with many other dispossessed and oppressed peoples.” - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
You are, for me, what courage is and I will fight for you to be free and your people [to be] free.” - Gordon Brown, Former UK Prime Minister
Throughout that time, you have stood firm, at enormous personal cost, for the principles of liberty and justice. You have become a powerful symbol of the strength of the human spirit. Like my predecessor, I personally have long found your example deeply inspiring.” - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
Aung San Suu Kyi’s continued detention is an outrage. She has spent 14 of the last 20 years under house arrest. Her example is deeply inspiring. All of us like to think we give up something to go into democracy and politics. We don’t. Compared with these people we do nothing.” - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
For me, Honorary Elder, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the living symbol of the Burmese people’s hope and courage. She is the embodiment of their determination to live in freedom, health and prosperity.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
She is a global symbol of moral courage and we wish her strength and health as she makes her own transition from such a long period under house arrest.” - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Your heroic determination and devotion to freedom and to your people say more about the soul of the Burmese people than all the rhetoric of the regime that tried to keep you silent.” - Natan Sharansky, Israeli politician and human rights activist
Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration and a personal hero to many across the world. […] Her commitment to bringing real democracy and national reconciliation to Burma is a beacon of hope for the future.” - Former Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary of State for International Development
I, like everybody in the world, fully admire her [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s] leadership and commitment, during the last two or three decades for peace and development and human rights for this country, for this region, and for the world. She [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s] has been a symbol of our hope for human rights for all, all around the world.” - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Her [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s] commitment for peace and security and human rights is well-known worldwide. She is now a global symbol of human rights. […] [S]he can continue to help the Myanmar people and many other people around the world who may be experiencing the same hardships and abuse of human rights like herself and the Myanmar people have been enduring.” - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
[S]omeone who has represented the struggle for freedom and democracy, for human rights and opportunity, not only in her own country but seen as such around the world. So it’s wonderful to see Suu Kyi back in Washington as a free and forceful leader of a country opening up to the world in ways that would have been difficult to imagine even recently.” - Hillary Clinton, Former US Secretary of State
[I]n the months since Suu Kyi walked out of house arrest and into the political arena, she has proven herself to be a natural – campaigning hard, legislating well, and staying focused on what can be done right now and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow to move her country forward.” - Hillary Clinton, Former US Secretary of State
[Daw Aung San Suu Kyi], [y]ou were a true global citizen way before we talked about global citizenship; way before the Atlantic Council, rightly so, invented the award. You were a daughter of Asia, educated in New Delhi and Oxford, a global civil servant at the United Nations back in the early ’70s. And now you’re returning to New York 40 years later, as beautiful as ever. You are an amazing woman, a hero to millions, an inspiration to you and an inspiration to me. […] And in my imagination […] you travel with the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and a few others. […] you are a determined visionary. But you are also a role model. […] You’re a determined visionary. You’re a role model. But you’re also an incredible political leader. […] Daw Suu has long envisioned a modern democratic nation that will heal wounds and mend fences and build a bridge to the 21st century for all her people – the 58 million people from her country.” - Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director
Aung San Suu Kyi has been that inspiration for her fellow citizens, who look to her, to her sacrifices and her strength to bear them. She was that inspiration throughout the many decades when their country was mired in darkness and tyranny. And she remains that inspiration now, when the hope of a new day of freedom is breaking in Burma, but when there is still much work to be done. […] The power of Aung San Suu Kyi’s inspiration has defined Burma, but it has not been confined there. Hers is a global appeal. […] I’ve known quite a few brave and inspiring people, but none more so than Aung San Suu Kyi. I first met her 15 years ago […] She was exquisitely polite and graceful. She spoke softly and calmly, the picture of gentleness and serenity.” - John McCain, US Senator
Congress will award the Congressional Gold Medal to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi – a remarkably courageous woman […] Suu Kyi’s story is so powerful it’s almost hard to believe it’s all true. […] If not for the quiet determination and simple confidence of this remarkable woman, Democratic reforms might have seemed a lost cause under the Burmese junta.” - Mitch McConnell, US Senator
The woman we honor today [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] chose a far more difficult path: the path of Ghandi, the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, the arduous path of idealism, peaceful resistance, civil disobedience; of voluntary renunciation for the sake of future generations she would never know, the path of hope. It was not the life she wanted, but it was, she knew, her calling. And she has been faithful.” - Mitch McConnell, US Senator
You [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi] are using your liberty to promote liberty for all people throughout the world by your magnificent example, by being such an inspiration, by the courage that you have displayed. […] “We got to see the strength of one incredible person [Daw Aung San Suu Kyi]. In our lives, we may never have the opportunity to be in the same room as someone with such courage, such focus, such discipline, such commitment to her people as Aung San Suu Kyi. You honor us with your presence.” - Nancy Pelosi, US Congresswoman
[Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is] one of the most remarkable figures of our time. […] She [Daw Suu] exemplifies all qualities he [Jawaharlal Nehru] most admired - fearlessness, integrity, moral and intellectual courage, perseverance, freedom from anger and bitterness and unqualified devotion to betterment of the life of her people through the path of dialogue and national reconciliation, […] Suu Kyi’s vision of politics as an ethical calling has inspired people the world over.” - Sonia Gandhi, Indian National Congress President
She's my hero.” - Bono, U2 lead singer
You demonstrate that people who fight for democracy will triumph in the end. […] You are a great symbol of freedom and democracy.” - Martin Schulz, European Parliament President
You are hugely admired in this country, I am one of your greatest admirers - for everything that you have done for your country but also for everything you stand for in the world. […] Your example and your perseverance in your beliefs is a huge inspiration to people across Britain and people around the world. We wish you well with everything that you are doing and want to do everything we can to support you.” - David Cameron, UK PM