January 5, 2012

Our Person of the Year: Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi
Freedom fighter, voice of her people, humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, leader.
This is why we have chosen her as our Person of the Year.
For more information about Aung San Suu Kyi and The National League for Democracy in Burma, click here.
Chris Gall

"Peace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent."
-Aung San Suu Kyi
C.F. Payne

"Any person in any country who believes in the power of good, anyone who believes in justice, will stand by Aung San Suu Kyi. Because Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the non-violent, compassionate leaders of our time."
- José Ramos-Horta Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1996
Niklas Asker

"In physical stature she is petite and elegant, but in moral stature she is a giant. Big men are scared of her. Armed to the teeth and they still run scared."
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984
Guy Stauber

"Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Goni Montes

"With her courage and her high ideals, Aung San Suu Kyi brings out something of the best in us. We feel we need precisely her sort of person in order to retain our faith in the future."
- Francis Sejersted, Chairman of the Nobel Commitee, Nobel Presentation Speech, 1991
Gary Kelley

“Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.”
Aung San Suu Kyi
Dongyun Lee

"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."
- The Norwegian Nobel Committee (1991)
Maria Corte Maidagan

"I was surprised by the response of young people because there is a perception that those younger than the 1988 generation are not interested in politics."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Rudy Gutierrez

"There is so much that we need to do for our country. I don't think that we can afford to wait."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Jason Seiler

"We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Mark Summers

"We want to empower our people; we want to strengthen them; we want to provide them with the kind of qualifications that will enable them to build up their own country themselves."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Scott Brundage

"Whatever help we may want from the international community now or in the future, we want to make sure that this help is tailored to help our people to help themselves."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Murray Kimber

"As a tireless champion of human rights and democracy in Burma, Suu Kyi inspires countless people around the world who strive for peace, justice and freedom. In the face of great hardship she has never wavered in her commitment to peaceful change."
- US President George W. Bush
Kent Barton

"I don't want Burma to be a basket case forever."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Mark T. Smith

"I think by now I have made it fairly clear that I am not very happy with the word “hope.” I don’t believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Tim Bower

“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.”

- Aung San Suu Kyi
David Johnson

“Aung San Suu Kyi serves as a reminder to us all that the commitment to nonviolence against aggressive violence, although deflected, cannot be ignored.”
- Oscar Arias, Former President of Costa Rica Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1987
Yan Nascimbene

"The struggle for democracy and human rights in Burma is a struggle for life and dignity. It is a struggle that encompasses our political, social and economic aspirations."
-  Aung San Suu Kyi
Tyler Jacobson

“A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success.”
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Ted Wright

“Part of our struggle is to make the international community understand that we are a poor country not because there is an insufficiency of resources and investment, but because we are deprived of the basic institutions and practices that make for good government.”
- Aung San Suu Kyi
James Bennett

"Those of us who decided to work for democracy in Burma made our choice in the conviction that the danger of standing up for basic human rights in a repressive society was preferable to the safety of a quiescent life in servitude."
- Aung San Suu Kyi
Gregory Manchess

“When the Burmese government tries to blame the victims for the crime, and say that Aung San Suu Kyi and her party are responsible for their own repression, I can only reply that much the same was once said about Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel.

The world is not fooled.”
- Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Tran Nguyen

"I saw many aspects of the country which I needed to see in order that I might know what we need to do."
-  Aung San Suu Kyi
Douglas Smith

"Your determination and courage continue to inspire friends of freedom around the world. Like your courageous father, you symbolize the authentic aspirations of the Burmese people. History is on the side of freedom throughout the world and I remain confident that your cause will prevail."
- US President William J. Clinton
Chase Stone

"The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence."
-  Aung San Suu Kyi
Doug Cowan

"In an age when immense technological advances have created lethal weapons which could be, and are, used by the powerful and the unprincipled to dominate the weak and the helpless, there is a compelling need for a closer relationship between politics and ethics at both the national and international levels."
-  Aung San Suu Kyi


  1. An aesthetic treat to see this assemblage of talent. Wonderful...vessels of talent honoring a vessel for change, for freedom...exemplifying great courage.

  2. amazing work by everyone. love them all !