An icon's journey: Aung San Suu Kyi's life in troubled Myanmar

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Published on December 9, 2019 - Duration: 02:20s

An icon's journey: Aung San Suu Kyi's life in troubled Myanmar

On Tuesday, World Human Rights Day, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will fight accusations of genocide brought against her country at the International Court of Justice.

This timeline charts her journey from political prisoner to leader of a troubled nation.

An icon's journey: Aung San Suu Kyi's life in troubled Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi: From peace icon to pariah 1988: Suu Kyi joins protests in Myanmar against military rule 1989: The movement is brutally crushed She is placed under house arrest 1991: Suu Kyi wins the Nobel Peace Prize 1995: She is released and regularly speaks to crowds amid growing global support 1997 "What international investment is doing now is putting more and more money into the pockets of a small privileged elite who then become more and more keen on preserving the status quo." Courtesy: DVB 2000: She is detained again for 19 months before her longest period of house arrest 2010: Suu Kyi is released to global jubilation The military installs a quasi-civilian government 2012: Suu Kyi's NLD party wins 43 seats She takes her place in parliament Jun.

2012: Deadly clashes erupt in Rakhine state between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims 2015: The NLD wins a landslide election Suu Kyi assumes power as 'state counselor' 2016: Rohingya militant attacks prompt a brutal crackdown Amid global concern, Suu Kyi remains largely silent 2017: Further militant attacks and the military's deadly response drive 730,000 people over the border 2018: A year on she maintains her stance despite ongoing international criticism "The danger of terrorist activities, which was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine remains real and present today." 2019: Suu Kyi travels to Europe not as a hero but to face genocide claims

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