Aung San Suu Kyi

Today, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has her 60th Birthday; If I've planned this right, several of the site graphics should have automatically changed in honour of this. Suu Kyi has had a very difficult life, to say the least. In the last 16 years she has spent around 10 years under house arrest in Burma (Myanmar). In 1999 her husband, a British man, was dying of cancer. The Burmese authorities offered to allow her to travel, but she refused as she thought that she would not be allowed back into the country.

In 1990, the Burmese Junta called a poll of its citizens, which Aung San Suu Kyi's party won. The result was ignored by the Junta as at the time she was under house arrest and disqualified from standing.

Two days ago, 68 people were arrested for protesting outside the Burmese embassy in Malaysia, the protest was an 'unlawful assembly'. This is something which could easily be repeated in the UK from this summer.