Statement on Government Policy on Return and Resettlement of Exiled Activists and Political Forces
AAPP Staff

Statement on Government Policy on Return and Resettlement of Exiled Activists and Political Forces By Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, Equality Myanmar, Burma Partnership 18 December 2014   Government Must Adopt and E… Read More

AAPP Monthly Chronology for November 2014
AAPP Staff

Summary of the current Situation As of the end of November, 72 political activists remained in prison, while 136 are awaiting trial. With only a month remaining in 2014, the situation faced by political activists, human rights workers, and journ… Read More

Dissemination of Finding meeting's on 1, 2 Dec 2014
AAPP Staff

On December 1, 2014, The CETA Dissemination of Findings Meeting, led by AAPP-JHU-USAID, was held at 9 am at The Green Hill Hotel, Phoe Sein Road, in Rangoon.  At the meeting, Ko Ko Gyi (88 Peace and Open Society), Dr. Tin Myo Win, and the Deputy… Read More

Invitation to Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) Project Dissemination of Findings Meeting
AAPP Staff

You are warmly invited to attend a 2-­‐day meeting to learn more about the evidence-­‐based counseling program, Common Elements Treatment Approach, and discuss the use and expansion of this therapy in Myanmar. Date: December 1st and 2nd, 2014:… Read More

AAPP Condolence Letter for Ko Hla Myo Naung
AAPP Staff

In Remembrance of Hla Myo Naung, 1969 - 2014 On November 27, 2014, the democracy movement in Burma lost one of its strongest proponents with the passing of Hla Myo Naung. A leading member of the 88 Generation Student Group, Hla Myo Naung has s… Read More

Current Political Prisoner list in Burma
AAPP Staff

The end of 2013 saw numerous government statements that convinced much of the outside world that all political activists had been freed from Burma’s jails. These statements not only served to undermine the plight of those political activists stil… Read More

Monthly Chronology of October 2014
AAPP Staff

Summary of the current Situation As of the end of October, 75 political prisoners remain incarcerated in prison, with another 121 awaiting trial. The suppression of media in the country and the use of Section 18 to stifle political dissent remai… Read More

AAPP and FPPS have responded to the statement in the government November 1,2014
AAPP Staff

November 3 2014 AAPP and FPPS, since establishment, have verified backgrounds, case files, and verdicts of each and every political prisoner and documented the list of political prisoners in accordance with our definition of political prisoner… Read More

AAPP and Burma Partnership Joint Submission to UN General Assembly (2014)
AAPP Staff

AAPP and Burma Partnership have recently completed a joint paper entitled The Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Burma-Myanmar. A summary of this paper was presented at the United Nations General Assembly 2014. Summary: BP-AAPP UNGA - Summar… Read More

AAPP’s Statement regarding the death of well known freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, aka Par Gyi
AAPP Staff

Date, 27 Oct 2014 The death of well known freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, aka Par Gyi, while in military custody in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, comes as a shocking reminder of how extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and tortu… 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 ➤