The Use of Section 18 to Continue Human Rights Abuses in Burma

Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law is being frequently utilized to arrest and imprison political activists for undertaking human rights activism in Burma. AAPP (B) wishes to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses section 18 permits and to make the international community aware of the dangers this poses to the political freedom in Burma.

AAPP (B) is greatly concerned that the wide ranging use of section 18 allows political activists to be imprisoned for terms far out of proportion with their alleged offence. This paper will highlight the way in which other countries permit and regulate public freedoms and how they manage public assemblies. It will show the huge divide between the way the government of Burma controls these situations and the way in which the majority of democratic countries do so.The use of section 18 as a tool to punish and restrict activists highlights the lack of rule of law in Burma, reiterating the urgent need for judicial reform.

Full paper here: The Use of Section 18 to Continue Human Rights Abuses in Burma