The Olof Palme Memorial Fund says she “is an outstanding example of the efforts to attain democracy by the people of Burma, where respect for human rights remain only a dream”. Her National League for Democracy won an overwhelming victory in the 1990 elections, which the military junta refused to recognize. Instead Aung San Suu Kyi was imprisoned.
She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
The Olof Palme Prize is awarded annually in honor of the late Swedish prime minister. Next month sees the 20th anniversary of his murder.