Welcome to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), also known as AAPP, is a non-profit Burmese human rights organization based in Mae Sot, Thailand. AAPP was founded in 2000 by two former political prisoners living in exile in Thailand, Ko Tate Naing and Ko Bo Kyi. The organization has since been run by former political prisoners and on 2012 we have opened two more offices inside Burma, in Rangoon and Mandalay. We advocate and lobby 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 tasks are to establish dialogue with the Burmese government and civil societies inside Burma, while maintaining relationships with international organizations such as the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, 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 to recover 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 the production of reports, documentation and data on the political landscape inside Burma through our website and 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 ➤