South Suu Kyi 's Freedom From Fear Speech

1787 WordsMar 3, 20178 Pages
Freedom, democracy and human rights were the ideals that Burma is lacking under the reign of the military junta led by Ne Win and his Socialist Party for fifty years. The socialist ideals have only brought fear and poverty to the people of Burma and the protests against the military government were always brutally suppressed. Aung San Suu Kyi, daughter of the national hero, General Aung San who was assassinated by his rival after he fought for Burmese independence from England, was filled with the ideals that her father fought for and became a leader for the people to unite them and challenge the right to rule of the people in power. In Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom From Fear speech, she argued that the fear of losing power is the real…show more content…
The speech reflected Suu Kyi’s vision of Burma as a peaceful country and her courage which she did use it in her favor to rouse the people who have long waited for a change. The purpose of the speech was to made the people see a future Burma with a democratically elected government that respects human rights and to take effective actions against the government through non-violent confrontations. In Freedom from Fear speech, Suu Kyi begins by speaking the truth of how fear corrupts all those wielding power and those that are being controlled. As Burma is under the oppressive regime, she claimed that people may not be able to fight back with arms, but what they can do is to get rid of fear from their minds, and embrace courage to bear a real revolution which can only be succeeded if it is born of conviction that a change is desperately needed. Truth, justice and compassion are the only barriers that can stand up against the government as a government that is established with force and concern with only short term profits can never give the country the whole democracy and human rights. Freedom from fear is the utmost importance in politics and personal life as it is the start of a system that can help realize the declaration of human rights and democracy. According to Suu Kyi, “As long as there are governments whose authority is founded on coercion rather than on the mandate of the people and interest groups which place
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