The Participatory Media Project for

FreeAung San Suu Kyi

Have YOU Twittered Suu?  See below.

Aung San Suu Kyi* (see Wikipedia entry below) was
first put under house arrest in 1989, 19 years ago
Suu will turn 63 on 19 June 2008. When first locked up she was 44.
This is the site where PresentsForSuu will be collected and published both digitally and in a limited number of special editions.
One will be presented to Aung San Suu Kyi herself.
The purpose is to let Suu Kyi know she has worldwide support and to embarrass those governments who continue to deal commercially with the Burmese Junta, keeping them in power, despite their appalling treatment of Suu Kyi.

Portrait by Htein Lin

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Suu Kyi and the 2010 Elections

Aung San Suu Kyi meets UN envoy

Bomb blast below Thai-Burmese Friendship Bridge

Rangoon school on fire

 April 8th 2008, 12:07 am

 From Monday's

The Wall Tweet Journal

 (Many thanks to The WTJ from The Twitter Suu Project)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Social Media as a Tool of Global Politics

Social Media as a Tool of Global Politics

Twitter and Facebook are being used as a tool in as a participatory social media project called “Twitter Suu.” The premise of Twitter Suu is to send millions of messages to Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi. who has been under house arrest since 1989.

Aung San Suu Kyi is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, and a noted prisoner of conscience and advocate of nonviolent resistance.
Suu Kyi won the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru peace prize by the Government of India for her peaceful and non-violent struggle under a military dictatorship.

She is currently under detention, with the Burmese junta repeatedly extending her detention. According to the results of the 1990 general election, Suu Kyi earned the right to be Prime Minister, as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, but her detention by the military junta prevented her from assuming that role.

The collaborative effort will be published both digitally and as well as in print. The organizers say an academic research paper on the results is also to be presented later this year at ISEA2008 in Singapore (

Here's how you can participate in the TwitterSuu project: Using Twitter (@freesuukyi08), Facebook (Twitter Suu) and email (

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April 7th 2008 -- Twitter Suu Day

By the end of June, we want to receive 1,000,000 million messages to let Suu Kyi know she is in our thoughts and has our support and also to send to the Indian, Chinese and Japanese and other goverments who continue to deal commercially with the Burmese junta. This is in spite of the junta's appalling treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi who has been locked up under house arrest for 19 years. So, 

 Send Aung San Suu Kyi a message now, please:
Facebook: Twitter Suu, (
Skype: ccragg123, leave a message

Identify yourself, please, only with your First Name and Location, and your Age and Profession/Status if you wish.

April 2nd 2008 -- update after Press Release went out this afternoon

And the messages are rolling in -- here are just two from dozens already received today and it's not even Twitter Suu Day! Keem 'em coming, please.

 Twitter. Send a message to Twitter Suu

From Abi A***, UK

May hope still reign for Burma and the Burmese people. May they achieve freedom and prosperity
soon under the guidance of Aun San Suu Kyi. Love to Burma and Suu ... 

From Terna, Cape Town, South Africa

"It is easy to forget how mysterious and mighty stories are. They do their work in silence, invisibly. They work with all the internal materials of the mind and self. they become part of you while changing you. Beware the stories you read or tell: subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world." (Ben Okri, Birds of Heaven)

your story - like all of my favourites - was long ago begun and is still unfinished

it echoes and resonates with so many others, elsewhere, elsewhen

even on days when the world - when i - don't think about it consciously
your story still calls insistently on each of us to help to write endings that we will live in
with hope and joy and pride in what we have struggled for

Press Release
Presents for Suu (Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar/Burma)
Launches ‘Twitter Suu Day’, Monday, April 7 2008.

Starting this coming Monday April 7th, people all over the world are being invited to take part in sending PresentsForSuu

Aung San Suu Kyi (Suu) was first put under house arrest in 1989, 19 years ago. This followed a series of atrocities which reached their height on 080888 and have continued ever since.

Using New Media, the editors of Presents for Suu are inviting YOU to contribute to an aggregation of the people, places, events, objects, teachers, distractions, works of art, poems, jokes, memories, brilliant achievements, farcical failures and anything else that has been important to her, and from which she has so long been separated. Burma’s generals, by shutting her away in total isolation, would have us believe that she is far from us and no longer of any importance. This is a way to say, on the contrary, she is in our thoughts and in our midst.

There are several ways to send Suu message of support: 

Twitter. Send a message to Twitter Suu
Facebook: Twitter Suu, (
Skype: ccragg123, leave a message

Identify yourself, please, only with your First Name and Location, and your Age and Profession/Status if you wish.

In collaboration with Peter Popham of the UK newspaper, ‘The Independent’, this
is a Participatory Social Media project to elicit User Generated Content (UGC). This will be collected and published extensively in New Media both digitally and in a limited number of special print editions. One will be presented to Aung San Suu Kyi herself on the 20th anniversary of start of the Military Junta’s atrocities, 08082008.

Peter Popham

For further information:
Claudia Cragg, +44 20 8133 2188
Skype, ccragg123
GoogleTalk: 108presentsforsuu
Facebook, Twitter Suu
Twitter, freesuukyi08

March 31st 2008



One week today, Monday, April 7th is 'Twitter Suu' day. We would like you to send a message for support to Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma by one of the following means:-

a) you can 'Twitter' her

Go to Twitter (click his link), sign up, and send a message to the designated Twitter account:


b) you can email her at:

c) or, you can post a much longer message with multimedia, or whatever you wish, by adding it to this wiki here

Let's create a TwitterStorm -- send a message and tell 3 of your smartest friends who will see the point and ACT. 

Thank you.

March 3rd 2008

 We have now launched  

The TwitterSuu project.   

So, what is TWITTER??  Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service, instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific.

We are using Twitter here as one of several devices to create awareness of the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi, so please Twitter Suu @freesuukyi08 (this is the standard format for showing a Twitter address, i.e. the address to send your twitter to is freesuukyi08.

Updates are displayed on our Twitter page and instantly delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone is the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email or through an application. For SMS, four gateway numbers are currently available: short codes for the USA, Canada, and India, as well as a UK number for international use.

What to do:

Please send a few lines of support, as a Present to Suu throughTwitter freesuukyi08
a) Twitter your comment for Suu to @freesuukyi08 

b) ask FIVE friends to TwitterSuu and ask each of those five to find five more

c) try, if possible, to find people in as far-flung geographic spots as possible so this spreads around the world

Please, please, please SPREAD THE WORD!! 

The 108 Presents for Suu PBWiki

d) please also duplicate your personal TwitterSuu contribution by adding it to this wiki here with your name and location. You can make this as long or as short as you like, add pictures, mementoes, etc.

 Thank you! And please, spread the word!!


March 5th 2008


Facebook, Twitter Suu


MySpace -- 108 Presents for Suu

Bebo -- 108 Presents for Suu 

 Second Life -- Presents for Suu


Aung San Suu Kyi*

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
Born June 19, 1945 (1945-06-19) (age 62)
Rangoon, Burma
Residence Rangoon
Occupation Prime Minister-elect[1][2][3][4][5]
Known for Leader of the National League for Democracy, Won Nobel Peace Prize
Religious beliefs Buddhist

Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese: Image:AungSanSuuKyi1.png; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany; IPA: [àunsʰánsṵtʃì]); born 19 June 1945 in Rangoon, is a pro-democracy activist and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma, and a noted prisoner of conscience and advocate of nonviolent resistance. Aung San Suu Kyi was the third child in her family. Her name "Aung San" derives from her father, "Kyi" from her mother and "Suu" from her grandmother.[6] Suu Kyi won the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru peace prize by the Government of India for her peaceful and non-violent struggle under a military dictatorship. She is currently under detention, with the Burmese junta repeatedly extending her detention. According to the results of the 1990 general election, Suu Kyi earned the right to be Prime Minister, as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, but her detention by the military junta prevented her from assuming that role.

She is frequently called Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Daw is not part of her name, but an honorific similar to madam for older, revered women, literally meaning "aunt".[7] Strictly speaking, she has only the one name, though it is acceptable to refer to her as "Ms. Suu Kyi" or Dr. Suu Kyi, since those syllables serve to distinguish her from her father, General Aung San.



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Aung San Suu Kyi was born on 19 June 1945. Her father, Aung San, negotiated Burma's independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, and was assassinated by his rivals in the same year. She grew up with her mother, Khin Kyi, and two brothers, Aung San Lin and Aung San Oo in Rangoon. Her favourite brother Aung San Lin drowned in a pool accident when Suu Kyi was eight.[6] Her elder brother migrated to San Diego, California, becoming a United States citizen.[6] Suu Kyi was educated in English Catholic schools for much of her childhood in Burma.

Khin Kyi (Ma Khin Kyi) gained prominence as a political figure in the newly-formed Burmese government. Ma Khin Kyi was appointed as Burmese ambassador to India in 1960, and Aung San Suu Kyi followed her there, graduating from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi in 1964.[8]

She continued her education at St Hugh's College, Oxford, obtaining a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 1969 and a Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1985. She also worked for the government of the Union of Myanmar. In 1972, Aung San Suu Kyi married Dr. Michael Aris, a scholar of Tibetan culture, living abroad in Bhutan. The following year she gave birth to first son, Alexander, in London; and in 1977 she had her second son, Kim.

She is Buddhist.

[edit] Political beginnings

Aung San Suu Kyi and her father General Aung San
Aung San Suu Kyi and her father General Aung San

Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988 to take care of her ailing mother. By coincidence, in that year, the long-time leader of the socialist ruling party, General Ne Win, stepped down, leading to mass demonstrations for democratisation on August 8, 1988 (8-8-88, a day seen as auspicious), which were violently suppressed. A new military junta took power.

Influenced by both Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence[9][10] and by more specifically Buddhist concepts[11], Aung San Suu Kyi entered politics to work for democratisation, helped found the National League for Democracy on 27 September 1988, and was put under house arrest on 20 July 1989. She was offered freedom if she would leave the country, but she refused.

One of her most famous speeches is the "Freedom From Fear" speech, which begins:

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

[edit] Chronology

  • Born June 19th 1945, Rangoon, Myanmar[12].
  • 1960, Accompanies mother to Delhi on her appointment as Burmese ambassador to India and Nepal and studies politics at Delhi University.[13]
  • 1964-1967, BA in philosophy, politics and economics, St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. She is elected Honorary Fellow in 1990.[14]
  • 1972, Married Dr. Michael Aris, a British scholar.[15]
  • 1988, Returns to Myanmar to look after sick mother. Becomes involved with politics.
  • August 26th 1988, Addresses half-million mass rally in front of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and calls for a democratic government.[16]
  • In 1990, the military junta called a general election, which the National League for Democracy won decisively. Being the NLD's candidate, Aung San Suu Kyi under normal circumstances would have assumed the office of Prime Minister.[17] Instead, the results were nullified, and the military refused to hand over power. This resulted in an international outcry. Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest at her home 16°49′32″N, 96°9′1″E in Rangoon. During her arrest, she was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990, and the Nobel Peace Prize the year after. Her sons Alexander and Kim accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf. Aung San Suu Kyi used the Nobel Peace Prize's 1.3 million USD prize money to establish a health and education trust for the Burmese people.
  • The military government released Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in July 1995 but made it clear that if she left the country to visit her family in the United Kingdom, it would not allow her return.
  • When her husband, Michael Aris, a British citizen, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, the Burmese government denied him an entry visa. Aung San Suu Kyi remained in Burma, and never again saw her husband, who died in March 1999. She remains separated from her children, who live in the United Kingdom.[18]
  • The junta continually prevented Aung San Suu Kyi from meeting with her party supporters or international visitors.
  • In 1998, journalist Maurizio Giuliano, after photographing Aung San Suu Kyi, was stopped by customs officials, and all his films, tapes and some notes were confiscated.[19]
  • In September 2000, the junta put her under house arrest again.
  • On 6 May 2002, following secret confidence-building negotiations led by the United Nations, the government released her; a government spokesman said that she was free to move "because we are confident that we can trust each other". Aung San Suu Kyi proclaimed "a new dawn for the country".
  • However on 30 May 2003, a government-sponsored mob attacked her caravan in the northern village of Depayin, murdering and wounding many of her supporters.[20] Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene with the help of her driver, Ko Kyaw Soe Lin, but was arrested upon reaching Ye-U. The government imprisoned her at Insein Prison in Yangon.
  • After she underwent a hysterectomy in September 2003,[21] the government again placed her under house arrest in Yangon.
  • In March 2004, Razali Ismail, UN special envoy to Myanmar, met with Aung San Suu Kyi. Ismail resigned from his post the following year, partly because he was denied re-entry to Myanmar on several occasions.[22]
  • On 28 May 2004, the United Nations Working Group for Arbitrary Detention rendered an Opinion (No. 9 of 2004) that her deprivation of liberty was arbitrary, as being in contravention of Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, and requested that the authorities in Burma set her free, but the authorities have so far ignored this request.[23]
  • On 28 November 2005, the National League for Democracy confirmed that Suu Kyi's house arrest would be extended for yet another year. Many Western countries, as well as the United Nations, have expressed their disapproval of this latest extension.
  • On 11 November 2006, USG Gambari, who was undertaking a mission to Myanmar for four days to encourage greater respect for human rights there, met with Suu Kyi. According to Gambari, Suu Kyi seems in good health but she wishes to meet her doctor more regularly.[28] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Burmese government to release Aung San Suu Kyi, as it released 2,831 prisoners, including 40 political prisoners, on 1 January 2007.[29]
  • On 25 May 2007, Myanmar extended Suu Kyi's detention for yet another year which would keep her confined to her residence for a fifth straight year.[31]
  • On 30 September 2007, in relation to rising political unrest in Myanmar, a United Nations emissary spent over an hour meeting with her near her guarded residence.
  • On 2 October 2007 Gambari returned to talk to her again after seeing Than Shwe and other members of the senior leadership in Naypyitaw.[32] State television broadcast Suu Kyi with Gambari, stating that they had met twice. This was Suu Kyi's first appearance in state media in the four years since her current detention began.[33]
  • On October 24, 2007, the anniversary of her 12th year in detention, campaigners announced demonstrations in 12 cities to protest against Burma's continued detention of Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. [34]
  • On October 25, 2007, talks between Suu Kyi and recently appointed liaison minister Aung Kyi, a senior member of the ruling junta, were reported to be lined up for the near future[35].
  • November 8, 2007 For the first time in three years Suu Kyi will meet her political allies National League for Democracy along with a government minister on Friday. The ruling junta made the official announcement on state TV and radio just hours after United Nation's special envoy Ibrahim Gambari ended his second visit to Burma. The NLD confirmed that it had received the invitation to hold talks with Ms Suu Kyi. She last met party members in May 2004. The NLD (led by Suu Kyi) won polls in 1990 but was never allowed to take power.[36]

[edit] Periods under detention

[edit] 2007 anti-government protests

Protests led by Buddhist monks began on 19 August 2007 following steep fuel price increases, and continued each day, despite the threat of a crackdown by the military.[38]

On Saturday, 22 September 2007, although still under house arrest, Suu Kyi made a brief public appearance at the gate of her residence in Yangon to accept the blessings of Buddhist monks who were marching in support of human rights.[39]

It was reported that she had been moved the following day to Insein Prison (where she had been detained in 2003)[40] [41][42][43], but meetings with UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari near her Rangoon home on 30 September and 2 October established that she remained under house arrest[44][45].

[edit] International support

[edit] World leaders

  • After her confinement was again extended, current Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said in a statement that "the sooner restrictions on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures are lifted, the sooner Burma will be able to move towards inclusive national reconciliation, and the restoration of democracy and full respect for human rights."[47]
  • On May 30, 2007, the Philippine government led members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in calling on Myanmar's military leaders to reverse their decision to extend the house arrest of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement, Philippine foreign affairs secretary Alberto Romulo said "The Philippines joins the call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners [in Myanmar]." "The Philippines deeply regrets the Myanmar government's decision to extend her house arrest. We urge the Myanmar government to reconsider its decision." It was the first time that a Philippine government official has called on all other Asian leaders to rally behind Aung San Suu Kyi.[48]
  • On 13 June 2007 Members of both Houses of the Indian Parliament wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi on the occasion of her 62nd birthday. The parliamentarians led by veteran Gandhian and Rajya Sabha member Nirmala Deshpande wrote among other things: "You are the true prime minister of Myanmar."[3]
  • In his book, "Courage: Eight Portraits" (Bloomsbury), British Prime Minister Gordon Brown states: "So Suu Kyi's courage is the courage to sacrifice her own happiness and a comfortable life so that, through her struggle, she might win the right of an entire nation to seek happy and comfortable lives. It is the absolute expression of selflessness. Paradoxically, in sacrificing her own liberty, she strengthens its cry and bolsters its claim for the people she represents."

[edit] Government officials

[edit] Nobel Peace Prize

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The decision of the Nobel Committee mentions:[53]

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar (Burma) for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.

...Suu Kyi's struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades. She has become an important symbol in the struggle against oppression...

...In awarding the Nobel Peace Prize for 1991 to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to honour this woman for her unflagging efforts and to show its support for the many people throughout the world who are striving to attain democracy, human rights and ethnic conciliation by peaceful means.

— Oslo, October 14, 1991

[edit] Nations

[edit] Organizations

  • Freedom Now, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, was retained in 2006 by a member of her family to help secure Aung San Suu Kyi's release from house arrest. The organization successfully secured a positive judgment from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and has been conducting political and public relations advocacy on her behalf.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi has been an honorary board member of International IDEA and ARTICLE 19 since her detention, and has received support from these organisations.
  • In June of each year, the US Campaign for Burma organizes hundreds of "Arrest Yourself" house parties around the world in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. At these parties, the organizers keep themselves under house arrest for 24 hours, invite their friends, and learn more about Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi.[56]
  • The Freedom Campaign, a joint effort between the Human Rights Action Center and US Campaign for Burma, looks to raise worldwide attention to the struggles of Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma.
  • St. Hugh's College, Oxford, where she studied, had a Burmese theme for their annual ball in support of her in 2006.[57]
  • Aung San Suu Kyi is the official patron of The Rafto Human Rights House in Bergen, Norway. She received the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize in 1990.
  • She was made an honorary free person of the City of Dublin, Ireland in November 1999, although a space has been left on the roll of signatures to symbolize her continued detention.
  • In November 2005 the human rights group Equality Now proposed Aung Sun Suu Kyi as a potential candidate, among other qualifying women, for the position of U.N. Secretary General.[2] In the proposed list of qualified women Suu Kyi is recognised by Equality Now as the Prime Minister-Elect of Burma.[2]

[edit] The Bommersvik Declarations

In Bommersvik, Sweden, in 1995 and 2002, two conventions of the Elected Representatives of the Union of Burma took place and the following two landmark declarations were issued:[59][60]

[edit] Bommersvik Declaration I

In 1995, during the first convention that lasted from 16-23 July, the Representatives issued the Bommersvik Declaration I:[61]

We, the representatives of the people of Burma, elected in the 27 May 1990 general elections, meeting at the First Convention of Elected Representatives from the liberated areas of Burma, hereby - Warmly welcome the unconditional release of 1991 Nobel Peace laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 10 July 1995; Thank all who have worked tirelessly and consistently for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the cause of democracy in Burma; Applaud Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's determination, in spite of having spent 6 years under house arrest, to continue to work to bring true democracy to Burma; Welcome Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's return to politics to take up the mantle of her father, General Aung San, in Burma's second struggle for independence;...
— The Elected Representatives of the Union of Burma

[edit] Bommersvik Declaration II

In 2002, during the second convention that lasted from 25 February to the 1st of March, the Representatives issued the Bommersvik Declaration II:[62]

We, the representatives of the people of Burma, elected in the 27 May 1990 general elections presently serving as members of the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma and/or the Members of Parliament Union, meeting at the Convention of Elected Representatives held in Bommersvik for the second time, hereby reaffirm - Our Mandate, Position, and Strategic Objectives - that we will never ignore the will of the Burmese people expressed through the May 1990 general elections; - that the military's refusal to honor the election results does not in any way diminish the validity of these results.....
— The Elected Representatives of the Union of Burma

[edit] Books

[edit] Authored

[edit] Edited

[edit] Mentioned in

[edit] Awards

[edit] Popular media

  • The jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter named one of his compositions after her. The piece is best known from the 1997 Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter duet album, 1 + 1.
  • She was featured prominently in the music video for Damien Rice's collaboration with Lisa Hannigan, "Unplayed Piano", which was written for Suu Kyi after a visit to her, from Rice, in July 2004.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma situation mentioned in Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan 2005.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Pravda online Aung San Suu Kyi should lead Myanmar: The World wants to restraint from the Myanmar authorities, and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi should take her place as elected leader, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday. 29 September 2007
    Reuters TV scripts David Miliband: "it will be a hundred times better when she takes her place as the rightfully elected leader of a free and democratic Burma". 25 September 2007
  2. ^ a b c [ The Next United Nations Secretary-General: Time for a Woman. Qualified women; Quote: ...Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma) Prime Minister-Elect...]Equality November 2005
  3. ^ a b Times of India 13 June 2007:Quote: MPs to Suu Kyi: You are the real PM of Myanmar: Recalling that NLD had won over 80% of parliamentary seats, the MPs said, "You are the true prime minister of Myanmar.
  4. ^ Quote: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is the rightfully elected prime minister of Burma, according to a 1990 election in which her National League for Democracy party took more than 80% of the popular vote. Unfortunately, the oppressive and violent military dictatorship in c.... John Walsh, Shinawatra International University, February 2006
  5. ^ Quote: Government-in-exile, established after 1988: 1990 Prime-Minister-Elect Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  6. ^ a b c Nobel Bio Details. Quote: 1945: June 19. Aung San Suu Kyi born in Rangoon, third child in family. "Aung San" for father, "Kyi" for mother, "Suu" for grandmother, also day of week of birth. Favourite brother is to drown tragically at an early age. The older brother, will settle in San Diego, California, becoming United States citizen.
  7. ^ Myanmar Family Roles and Social Relationships. Government of Myanmar. Retrieved on 2007-09-24.
  8. ^ Aung San Suu Kyi — Biography. Nobel Foundation. Retrieved on 4 May, 2006.
  9. ^ Profile: Aung San Suu Kyi. BBC News Online (25 May 2006). Retrieved on 2007-05-26.
  10. ^ The Nobel Peace Prize 1991 Presentation Speech. Nobel Foundation. Retrieved on 2007-05-26.
  11. ^ Mental culture in Burmese crisis politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (ILCAA Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa Monograph Series) (1999) by Gustaaf Houtman, ISBN 978-4872977486]
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  19. ^ Maurizio Giuliano denied entry to Burma after meetings with Aung San Suu Kyi.
  20. ^ The Depayin Massacre 2 Years On, Justice Denied (PDF). ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (2005-05-30). Retrieved on 2007-02-04.
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  22. ^ "Annan expresses sadness for the resignation of his envoy for Burma", Democratic Voice of Burma, 2006-01-10. Retrieved on 2006-07-04. 
  23. ^ Daw Aung San Suu Kyi v. Myanmar, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention,. United Nations. University of Minnesota Human Rights Library (2004-05-28). Retrieved on 2006-07-04.
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  26. ^ The Irrawaddy. "Opposition Condemns Extension of Suu Kyi’s Detention", The Irrawaddy, 2006-05-27. Retrieved on 2006-05-27. 
  27. ^ Wadhams, Nick. "Myanmar's Suu Kyi Hospitalized", The Associated Press, Washington Post, 2006-06-09. Retrieved on 2006-06-09. 
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  30. ^ "Burmese Daily at Odds With Democracy Advocate", New York Times, 2007-01-18. Retrieved on 2007-01-19. 
  31. ^ Myanmar junta extends Suu Kyi detention by a year (HTML). Reuters. Reuters (2007-05-25). Retrieved on 2007-12-18.
  32. ^ "UN envoy meets with Myanmar’s top general to discuss ‘current situation’", UN News Service, 2007-10-02. Retrieved on 2007-10-06. 
  33. ^ "Burma junta releases footage of Suu Kyi (AFP)", ABC News (Australia), 2007-10-06. Retrieved on 2007-10-06. (en/au) 
  34. ^ Suu Kyi rallies planned worldwide Retrieved 24/10/07
  35. ^ Burma Pro-Democracy Leader In Talks (Sky News)
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NAME Aung San Suu Kyi
SHORT DESCRIPTION nonviolent pro-democracy activist
DATE OF BIRTH 19 June 1945 (1945-06-19) (age 62)
PLACE OF BIRTH Yangon, Myanmar
So, what on earth is Twitter?

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?  Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own. Possibilities are endless!


How do I use it?
We are asking you to 'Twitter Suu', send a message to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese activist who has been under house arrest since 1989. More generally with Twitter, though, you can send a message in 140 characters or less!  You can send your thoughts, observations, and goings-on in your day. Whether you're "eating an apple" or "looking foward to the weekend" or "Heading out of town" it's twitter-worthy.  Join us here.  All of your personal information including your phone number is, of course, confidential.


But... what is the point?
We are collecting your messages to give to Suu Kyi and to publish them digitally and i print form as a book. As far as how you will use it after you've Twttered suu, Twitter believes that your best friend is probably interested in knowing if you're "loving the new Radiohead album." And yes, your Mom may want to know if you're "skipping breakfast in favor of a latte."  You might want to know if your significant other "feels like taking a roadtrip." Find out what your friends are doing; keep each other abreast of your quotidian rituals.


Do I need anything special to use Twitter?
In order to use Twitter you will need one of these things: an internet connection or a mobile phone.


How can I send updates to Twitter?
Send updates to friends and family about what you're doing in the way that works best for you.  Update in myriad ways:

  • from your phone
  • from IM
  • from your logged-in home page
  • from
  • from any of the third party applications on Twitter Fan Wiki, made by the talented folks who've utilized our API.


What does it mean to follow someone on Twitter?
Following someone simply means receiving their Twitter updates.  How you receive the updates (on your phone, IM, or just on the web) is up to you.  You can set your following preferences based on device, and then set notification preferences for each person you follow.  Your followers are those who have elected to receive your twitters.


How do I know who I'm following?
Check the profile page of the person in question to be sure, or click the Following link from your logged in home page. You can change following preferences from the profile page, or by using phone/IM commands.   


How do I know who is following me?
Set up your email preferences to notify you when you have a new follower, or click the Followers link in your sidebar. 


Can I block spammers and other unsavory characters?
Yes.  At the bottom of the right hand sidebar on every profile page, there is a block link. Read more about this here.  If it's a spammer you're blocking, feel free to send us a heads up, always much appreciated!


Who reads my updates? 
It's up to you.  If you're hesitant to have strangers read your updates, in your settings page you can protect your updates so that only your friends will receive them.  When you sign up by phone, your updates are automatically protected until you choose otherwise.  When you sign up online, your updates will automatically go to both your friends and the public timeline, which is where all of the twitters go.  Don't be shy! 


How do I know if my friends are getting my updates on their devices?
You don't.  But, if they are on your friends list, they will always receive your updates on the web.


How long can my updates be?
We have a 140 character limit on Twitter updates.  If your update is longer than that, the full update will post to the web where it can be viewed in its entirety.  We'll still send the truncated version: only the first 140 characters will go to phones and IM. 


Can I update Twitter from my phone but not receive other people's updates?
Yes.  Once you add and verify your phone, you can use it to update without getting updates from others.  Make sure to set your updates to OFF on the web, or send OFF from chat or your phone. You can also use our mobile site,


Can I turn updates on for some people and off for others?
Yes. use the follow and off commands.  FOLLOW + user name (follow krissy, for example) tells Twitter that you want a specific person's updates.  You can also click the follow link from their profile page on the web, or type the command into your chat window. Conversely, OFF + user name (off krissy) will disable updates from that person.


Can I edit my updates once they've posted to the web?
No. Once it goes, it goes! You can delete the message by clicking the small trash can, but no changing text, context, spelling errors, etc.     


How do I use Twitter with my phone?
Check out some popular questions about using Twitter with your phone here.


What are the Twitter phone numbers?
We currently have three short codes and one long code for those who twitter internationally. 

  • In the US, use 40404. 
  • In Canada, use 21212. 
  • In India, use 5566511.
  • Anywhere else, use +44 7624 801423


What is a short code?
Short codes are numbers made specifically for SMS and MMS messages. Twitter uses various short codes to send and receive your updates.  Sending a text message to a short code is just like sending a text message to a phone number. Short codes are made specifically for text messaging, so you can't send an email to a short code, or call a short code.  Charges for using our short codes are the same as standard text messaging rates to full-length phone numbers.


Does Twitter have a mobile site? 
Yep! Check out on your mobile web browser.


Can I use Twitter with Instant Messaging (IM)?
Yes.  Visit your phone&IM Settings page, add and verify your IM address, and type ON; all of your Twitters and Direct Text messages will come to your chat window. Find out more about using Twitter with IM here.


Can I use the same phone number or IM address on multiple accounts?
No.  You can only use one phone number or IM address for one account.


How do I stop getting ALL twitter notifications?
Send OFF from your phone, IM, or any other device to stop getting Twitter updates at any time.


How can I turn Twitter on again?
The best way to turn Twitter on is to send the ON command from the device.  You can also turn your phone and chat updates on from the web from your home page or you can send ON to Twitter.


How do I invite people?
You can invite friends in lots of ways.  To invite people by phone number, send the word invite + the phone number of the person you want to add from your phone or from the Twitter site.  Don't add friends through chat yet; we're still working on that.  Your message should look like this: invite 4153172323

You can also invite people by email.


How do I add a friend who already uses Twitter? 
Each person's profile page has a follow button.  When you click it, you'll be following them, which means you can receive their Twitter updates on your phone or IM, as well as the web.  Set phone or IM notification preferences in the web drop down box.


Can new people without Twitter accounts follow me?
Yes. If you tell a friend to send follow + your username to Twitter, and they don't have an account, Twitter will walk them through mobile sign up.  Your friend can later go to the web and complete the sign up if they'd like, but they don't have to.


Why is there a star at the end of updates?
The star is a way for you to mark a post as favorite.  Click on the Favorites link in your sidebar to see all of the ones you've starred.   


What is tracking?
Tracking is an SMS or IM only feature that allows you to receive all twitters that match a word you're tracking.  For example, if you send track Obama, you will receive all updates that match "Obama." All updates sent from tracking will begin with parenthesis.  You can easily stop getting these messages by sending untrack Obama.


What's a Nudge?
A nudge is a friendly reminder to update Twitter.  Friends can nudge you (and you them) by sending nudge + username to Twitter, or by clicking the nudge link from a person's profile page.


What's an Auto-Nudge?
Auto-nudge is a self-reminding update feature.  In other words, we know you have busy lives and may not always remember to Twitter.  By popular demand, auto-nudge has come into being.  You can schedule a Twitter nudge if you haven't updated in 24 hours.


Can I send someone a private message?
Send a Twitter friend a Direct Text, which will go to their individual phone or web page.  From the web, click Message from the proile page or use the drop down box on your Direct Messages page. From your phone, use this command: D + username + message. HINT: a person's user name and screen name may differ. To ensure you have the right user name, go to the person's profile page and look in the URL at the top of the page.


Where can I find my Direct Messages?
From your logged in homepage, click Direct Messages in the side bar to see all of the messages you've received from Twitter friends.  To see the messages you've sent to others, click the Sent tab.


If I turn Twitter off, will I still get Direct Messages?
Yes. You will receive direct messages if you send OFF only once; to disable direct messages, send OFF twice.  You will always receive a copy of your message on your web archive, and in your email if you set it up in your preferences.   


What are @replies?
@replies are twitters directed at a specific user in response to one of their updates. When someone replies to your Twitter update by using @username, we collect their reply and catalog it the replies tab on your logged-in home page.  You can reply publicly to any update on Twitter by using the @username format. More information about this is here.


What is the difference between @username and Direct Message?
Messages sent via Direct Message (D + username +update) are private, and readable only by the person you send it to. Messages sent in the@username format are public.


Why wont my feed reader take my @replies RSS feed?
The @replies RSS feed requires authentication; most web-based feed readers don't support authentication.  If yours doesn't, you wont be able to see your @replies via rss feed.  Try the feed in a desktop feed reader, which usually supports authentication.


Does Twitter allow html in web updates?
No.  We escape all html for security purposes.  However, if you paste in a link that is less than 30 characters, we'll post it in its entirety.  If it's longer than 30 characters, we'll convert it to a tiny URL. 


Why does Twitter use tiny URL?
Tiny is tidy! Tiny URL takes long, ugly, 30+ characters links with an obscene amount of punctuation, such as ? or &, and converts them to slim, trim, tidy, pretty, Twitter links that mesh well with our 140 character limit.



Can I put Twitter on my blog?
Yes! You can put a Twitter badge on your blog, website, MySpace... anything that accepts Javascript or HTML.  You can even customize your Twitter badge to match! 


How do I customize my badge?
You can alter the html of your Twitter badge to display anything you want.  Ev makes his a subheading on his blog, Adam has his in the sidebar, and Jon has made it possible to view the last 10 updates instead of the most recent one.   


What is Celly?
Celly is a cute little guy that Ray made.  When someone updates the public time line, Celly pulls out their picture and displays their update.  You can check him out here


Is there a Twitter API?
Yes.  You can find it at the bottom of your logged-in homepage, or here.  


What is Twitterrific?
Twitterrific is an awesome little desktop application from Iconfactory that enables you to receive Twitters and post them without being on the site.  Sorry PC users, it's only for Macs.


How can I find more stuff like this?
Check out the Twitter Fan Wiki! This is an awesome resource put together by Twitter users for Twitter users, featuring stuff made by and for Twitter users! 


Does Twitter work with Facebook?
Yep! Send and receive updates from within Facebook, or use your Twitter updates as your Facebook status. 


I sent HELP to Twitter and got no response!

When you're lost, sending the HELP command should send you immediate instructions.  If you don't receive them, it's possible that you are using the wrong Twitter number, and therefore, not getting the message. If you send HELP from chat or phone with no results, check Satisfaction for the latest, email, write us from the web here.


Is there a place where I can find out if there are problems with Twitter?

Yes.  Check Twitter's Satisfaction site. You can add twitter_status as your friend on Twitter, and receive the Twitter's status updates on the web, IM, or phone.  These updates will also be on the public time line here


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