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Aung San Suu Kyi through the years [PHOTOS]
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

On her 67th birthday, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate, returned to the United Kingdom, 24 years after leaving for her homeland.

Suu Kyi, sometimes called simply The Lady, spent fifteen years under house arrest because of Myanmar's repressive military junta.

Today, she returns to Oxford, where she lived in the early 1980s with her late husband Michael Aris and their sons Alexander and Kim.

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This undated sepia tone black and white picture shows member of Myanmar comedians "Mustache Brothers" Par Par Lay (R) posing with Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (L) in Mandalay. They call themselves comedians but, in a country where open dissent against the military rulers is not tolerated, the "Mustache Brothers" were one of Myanmar's most enduring and courageous pro-democracy acts.

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Myanmar pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addressed hundreds of anxious Burmese supporters from the main gate of her family compound in Rangoon on July 14, 1995.

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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi protected from the rain by one of her aids on June 1, 1996 after a storm broke at the end of her weekly weekend speech from the gate of her house in Rangoon, Burma. Some 4,000 people gathered to hear the democracy leader outline the political and economic aims of her National League for Democracy (NLD) following a key pro-democracy meeting.

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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with a small group of foreign journalists at a friend's house October 2, 1996 in Rangoon after coming from behind police barricades blocking access to her house. Aung San Suu Kyi rebuked the government for "illegal" actions and refuted charges of collusion with foreign power.

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu kyi, bruised on her left arm claimed to be caused by Myanmar security forces, recuperated in bed at her Yangon home in an undated photograph taken by supporters following one of her stand-offs with the country's military junta. She made four failed attempts between July and August 1998 to visit provincial supporters, being blocked by the military just outside Yangon each time.

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talking with supporters at the Nation League for Democracy party headquarters on May 14, 1999 in Yangon, Myanmar. A defiant Aung San Suu Kyi said her democratic opposition was stronger than ever but admitted that intense pressure from Myanmar's military junta had exposed internal rifts in the party.

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Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her staff prepared for a press conference after being freed from 19 months under house arrest on May 6, 2002, making a triumphant return to her party's headquarters in Yangon where she declared her release was unconditional. More than 300 jubilant National League for Democracy (NLD) members let out a great roar as her car approached the building, and in the crush it took several minutes for her to be able to alight from the vehicle.

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Demonstrators outside the Burmese Embassy in London June 3, 2003. The protesters demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's pro-democracy leader who was detained on May 30, 2003 by the state near Monywa, northeastern Burma.

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Thai activists praying next to a portrait of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu kyi during a hunger strike to mark the 100-day anniversary of the detention of Suu Kyi in Bangkok, September 7, 2003. Thai activists demanded Myanmar's military government to release Suu Kyi and other political prisoners immediately and unconditionally as a precondition for future political process.

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Activists of Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) busy in party affairs while standing in front of their detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi's portraits at the party's headquarters, in Yangon on April 19, 2004. The United States said it was pleased Myanmar's military regime allowed the opposition's office to reopen but still wanted the immediate release of the party's detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials.

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Myanmar children lit candles to celebrate Aung San Suu Kyi's birthday at the National League for Democracy party (NLD) in Yangon, late June 18, 2007. Myanmar's pro-democracy party planned to hold detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi's 62nd birthday party which falls on June 19, party sources said.

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Aung San Suu Kyi addressed thousands of her supporters at her National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters on November 14, 2010 in Yangon. Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been held under house arrest for the majority of the past 15 years but was finally released by the country's military leaders in 2012.

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Aung San Suu Kyi arriving at her National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters on November 14, 2010 in Yangon, Burma. Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi had been held under house arrest for the majority of the previous 15 years. After the first elections in 20 years the military backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won the election.

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi poses for a portrait at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on December 8, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. On the evening of 13 November 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.

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Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shares a moment alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a press conference after their meeting at Suu Kyi's residence laying out a framework for reforms on December 2nd, 2011 in Yangon, Myanmar. The pace of change in Myanmar brought Clinton's visit which is the first by a top Western diplomat in over a half a century.

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets the crowds from the top of a vehicle during campaigning in the Delta region on her second campaign trip on February 7, 2012 in Pathein, Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi is beginning her election campaign as an official candidate ahead of the April 1 by-elections. This was the first time in twenty years that Suu Kyi has visited the Delta region.

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Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi watching a dance performance to honor her at arrival at her village on the eve of the parliamentary elections March 31, 2012 in Kaw Hmu, Myanmar. The by-elections were seen as an important vote of confidence for the country as it continues on the road to political and diplomatic reform.

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National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters celebrate their victory in the parliamentary elections outside the party headquarters April 1, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. The National League for Democracy declared Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had won a seat in Myanmar’s Parliament election.

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Prime Minister David Cameron walks with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her garden on April 12, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. Cameron ended his five day trade mission to the far east in Myanmar - the first British Prime Minister to visit the country since 1948.

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Ethnic Karen refugees watch pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi through a fence at the Mae La refugee camp June 2, 2012 in the western province of Tak, Thailand. The camp is situated along the Burma-Thailand border and is home to around 45,000 mainly ethnic Karen people. The visit to Thailand is her first trip outside of Burma in 24 years where she also attended the World Economic Forum on East Asia.

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi tours the Nobel Peace center in Oslo on June 16, 2012. Suu Kyi on June 16 pledged to keep up her struggle for democracy as she finally delivered her Nobel Peace Prize speech, 21 years after winning the award while under house arrest.

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Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi accepts the Ambassador of Conscience Award next to Irish singer Bono (R) at the Bord Gais Energy theatre in Dublin, Ireland on June 18, 2012. Aung San Suu Kyi landed in Ireland with U2 star Bono by her side for a flying visit on her European tour that was to see her pick up a prize honoring her unwavering commitment to human rights.

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