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?