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
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 ➤
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 ➤
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 ➤
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 ➤