Nobel laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on 15 September 2016 honoured as the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation.
She gained international prominence as the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar in 1990.
About Aung San Suu Kyi
• Suu Kyi, elected head of Myanmar’s government in April 2016, was placed under house arrest in 1989 for protesting against the country’s dictatorship and served 15 years in detention.
• During her early years, Suu Kyi was held in solitary confinement and could not see her husband Michael V Aris—at the time a visiting professor at Harvard—or her two sons.
• In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.
About Humanitarian of the Year honour
• The Harvard Foundation bestows its Humanitarian of the Year honour to an individual whose works and deeds have served to improve the quality of lives and have inspired us to greater heights.
• Past award recipients include Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.
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Who: Aung San Suu Kyi
When: 15 September 2016