An Extraordinary Day for Democracy and Hope

Hands reach to touch the hand of Burma's pro-democracy Aung San Suu Kyi after her release from house arrest

Saturday 13 November 2010 was an extraordinary day for democracy and human rights, since it saw the release of one of the most popular prisoners and freedom fighters of all time – Burmese pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She was released after the end of an 18 month sentence, and has spent much of the past two decades in a government confinement for her calls for democracy in Burma, the Voice of America said. The historic release was accomplished after a tremendous international pressure from the UN and other international leaders. US. President Barack Obama called Aung San Suu Kyi a ‘hero’ and PM David Cameron said that she was an inspiration for every country, which believed in freedom of speech and human rights.
Undoubtedly, the release of Suu Kyi is a major step towards democratization for the Burmese nation, but will the strength and political will of Suu Kyi and her supporters be able to restore freedom, equality, and human rights in Burma?  

Suu Kyi, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is viewed by many as the ultimate embodiment of political unification, and the driving force for the reconciliation of the political parties in Burma. Suu Kyi is also expected to contribute to the country’s integration in a global world and to its establishment as a proponent of human rights, democracy and political participation in the region.

Born 1945 and the  daughter of Burma’s independence hero, General Aung San who was  assassinated in 1947  Suu Kyi will have an up hill struggle in seeing the hope translate into a reality as the military junta is a force to be reckon with. If compared with the release of Nelson Mandela where there was  an agreement for the tearing down of the political structures which kept the people in bondage as then  under an apartheid system. In her case it is the hope that will be the key factor and motivating force that will create that change either by the military junta recognising the force of people power and creating a compromise or will it be a possible revolution?

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