Change in Asia might start with a woman

The Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, gave her first speech before an international audience on march 30th, after emerging from 24 years of isolation for being a political prisoner. Suu Kyi gave her speech in Bankok, raising attention to Myanmar’s many needs after the big reform process that happened in the country, ending the former military regime and holding

elections in 2010. The nobel peace prize winner decided to go on an international tour after being elected to Parliament in april this year. The international tour started this week as a mission to discuss how the world can help Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi

“Besides everything i’ve always felt free inside”- states Aung soon after being released: she believes it is important that there shall be no vengeance nor anger associated with what has happened to her but the situation should definitely not be overlooked: all she wants to do now is focus on her goals. The overall aim is improving the citizens of Myanmar’s future through efforts and changes, among them the enrollment of the people in the daily politics of the country and a further encouraging enrollment in the country’s military. She states that its quite obvious what the people want: they want better lives based on freedom and security (financial security as well as personal security). At the moment security is used as an excuse for depriving the people from the basic freedoms they should be entitled to. Peace and prosperity of the country should be achieved via a non violent

revolution, ‘revolution’ in the sense of a radical change, or a noticeable change. A change for the better.

Perhaps the most stunning proof that this woman has the power to change the situation not only in her country but in a good part of Asia, comes from the President of Burma, Thein Sein: invited to the World Economic meeting in Bangkok, eventually postponed his trip for a few days, only days after knowing that his opposition leader had been invited to the conference as well. Many say he did so to avoid sharing the international stage and being obscured by the Aung San Suu Kyi, as happened in the recent elections in which the NLD won 43 of the 45 seats available, outperforming the government party.


The protection and the fight for human rights, equality and development in those countries which are in the tail of development, continues to be a fight against politic and economic interests and power. There is much to be done by very few people who dare to swim against the river’s flow. This case of Aung San Suu Kyi is not but an example of how slowly changes are made and how costly

they are. However, this woman is also an example of that those changes are already becoming a reality in southeast Asia, since the development of a country depends on the developing leaders like Aung San Suu Kyi.


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