Statement for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26 June 2017
AAPP Staff

Vimutti Women’s Organization (VWO), the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), Women’s League of Burma (WLB), the Network for Human Rights Documentation-Burma (NDBurma), and Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) are calling for an end to… Read More

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Monthly Chronology of May 2017 and Current Political Prisoners list
AAPP Staff

MAY CHRONOLOGY 2017 Summary of the Current Situation: There are 249 individuals oppressed in Burma due to political activities.40 are currently serving prison sentences, 87 are awaiting trial inside prison, 122 are awaiting trial outside prison.… Read More

MNHRC Meeting with AAPP in Rangoon
AAPP Staff

  On June 6, 2017, representatives of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) Chief Director Phone Kywe, Directors Thura Kyaw and Human Rights Commissioners U Yu Lwin Aung, Dr.Myint Kyi and staffs visited The Assistance Assoc… Read More

May 24, 2017 Amnesty Statement
AAPP Staff

May 26, 2017 Ahead of the second 21 st Panglong Peace Conference, it was announced on May 24 that there has been another mass amnesty, the second amnesty of this year following the release of 1,883 criminal prisoners one day before the beginni… Read More

Meeting about Prison Reform
AAPP Staff

On May 22, Chairman of the Bill Committee of the Upper House of Parliament U Zaw Min and member U Aung Thein met with AAPP’s Joint Secretary U Bo Kyi, Rangoon Office’s Incharge U Aung Myo Kyaw and Head of Documentation and Foreign Affairs Ko Zaw… Read More

AAPP-B Monthly Chronology of April 2017 and Current Political Prisoners List
AAPP Staff

Summary of the Current Situation: There are 305 individuals oppressed in Burma due to political activities. 99 are currently serving prison sentences, 91 are awaiting trial inside prison, 115 are awaiting trial outside prison. MONTH IN REV… Read More

2017 U Win Tin Blue Shirt Day
AAPP Staff

  U Win Tin Blue Shirt Day 2017   AAPP staff stand in solidarity with U Win Tin on Blue Shirt day calling for the release of all political prisoners. On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 24 organis… Read More

March 2017 AAPP Monthly Chronology
AAPP Staff

MONTH IN REVIEW EXCERPT:  This month, 420 people were arrested. 320 of these were arrested by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, 91 by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, and two by the Border Guard Force. In March, 80 people were… Read More

AAPP meets with Bago Regional Parliament MP Members (03/2017)
AAPP Staff

On March 23, 2017, AAPP met with Bago Regional Parliament MP members, and the East Part Ex-political Prisoners Group at 4:00pm in the Chairman’s office in Bago Parliament. They discussed the building of a commemorative monument for those who have… Read More


Welcome to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), also known as AAPP, is a non-profit human rights organization based in Mae Sot, Thailand. AAPP was founded in 2000 by former political prisoners living in exile on the Thai/Burma border. Since then, the organization has been run by former political prisoners, with two offices being opened inside Burma in 2012, one in Rangoon and the other in Mandalay. AAPP advocates and lobbies for the release of remaining political prisoners and for the improvement of the lives of political prisoners after their release. The various assistance programs for political prisoners and their family members are aimed at ensuring they have access to education, vocational trainings, mental health counseling and healthcare.

A brief introduction to what we do

Advocacy & Lobbying

AAPP continues to campaign inside and outside Burma for the immediate release of all remaining political prisoners. The key task is to establish dialogue with the Burmese government and civil society inside Burma, while maintaining relationships with international organizations such as the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, the International Committee of the Red Cross and many others. Read more ➤

Mental Health Assistance Program (MHAP)

The Mental Health Assistance Program (MHAP) has been developed by AAPP in collaboration with John Hopkins University (JHU) in order to assist former political prisoners recovering from mental health problems such as trauma, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. Read more ➤

Educational and Vocational Assistance Program

In the past, former political prisoners and family members have faced difficulties re-entering the workforce or continuing their tertiary education due to government restrictions and a lack of financial resources. AAPP provides educational scholarships to political prisoners and their family members during and after their release. Read more ➤

Documentation & Research

The Documentation and Research team is responsible for collecting data on political prisoners and documenting the changing political landscape inside Burma. Reports are published on our website, and updates can be found on our website and through social media. The team provides a valuable and reliable source to international researchers, advisors, and journalists working on the protection of human rights activists in Burma. Read more ➤