Debate 8:
"Why democracy matters

Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese opposition Party leader and Nobel laureate.

In the daily turmoil of UK politics, it's vital to step back and remember what democracy is all about, or should be about, and what it's like if it's taken away.

There are few people in the world better able to tell us that, than Aung San Suu Kyi.  (Details below video.)

 
Here she explains 'why democracy matters' in an invited TED talk recorded for TEDxHousesofParlament.  Published on 11 Jul 2014.


From Wikipedia:  Aung San Suu Kyi was chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Burma.  In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament .  She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections.

She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners.

She received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.

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