In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi left her home in the UK to visit her dying mother in Burma. In a few short months she was to become leader of the country’s pro-democracy movement. And for this she spent the majority of the next two decades under house arrest, unable to visit the husband and children she’d left behind in Oxford.
Yet hundreds of prisoners of conscience remain in Burma’s jails and torture cells. Their freedom, their futures, their hopes of being reunited with their families are still uncertain.
But many others continue to suffer because they, like her, dared to stand up for human rights and freedom. Even as their endeavours begin to bear fruit, hundreds of political prisoners are still being held in jails and torture cells across Burma.
“It is to be feared that because the best known detainees have been released, the remainder, the unknown ones will be forgotten.” Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize speech, June 2012