– Kaye Lin
Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday is tomorrow, June 19, 2010, and all around the world people are celebrating the lady of Burma’s birthday by holding rallies, vigils and throwing memorable events. As Suu Kyi is under house arrest, she will not be able to celebrate with the people around the world, but she will be at each one of her birthday events in spirit, which is why the Elders held a tribute for Aung San Suu Kyi and keeps an empty chair at each one of their meetings.
The Elders, a group of prestigious world leaders- founded by Nelson Mandela, honored Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday, and left an empty chair for her. Desmond Tutu describes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as “ an incredible woman. I can think of no better way of underlining her courage, sacrifice and importance than to describe her as Burma’s Nelson Mandela.”
The Elders consists of Martti, Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando H Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graca Machel, Mary Robinson, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.