Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2014
In 2014, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), otherwise known as AAPP, successfully implemented their activities in Burma and met with their goals this year. However despite the successes, the Committee for Scrutinizing the Remaining Political Prisoners (CSRPP), of which AAPP is a member, was not able to hold its regular meetings. In addition, the remaining political prisoners from 2013 and new political detainees from 2014 have yet to be freed.
AAPP also provided professional mental health counseling to around 300 former political prisoners through the Mental Health Assistance Program (MHAP). In addition, AAPP provided human rights and transitional justice trainings as well as vocational trainings to several former political prisoners. AAPP also organized a six month training camp to provide English language classes and computer skills to more than twenty children of former political prisoners. Although funds are limited, AAPP were able to continue to provide health and education assistance to former political prisoners.
The Rangoon and Mandalay offices have continued to grow their presence inside Burma and they operate in an efficient and professional manner. AAPP has begun collaboration with other civil society organizations that have worked for the affairs of political prisoners and human rights issues. AAPP and the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) jointly held the first honorable ceremony for political prisoners that perished in detention, interrogation centers and prisons. In our continuing collaboration with FPPS, we have collected the data and recorded the experiences of political prisoners who have been imprisoned since 1962. Moreover, the workshop to recognize a definition of political prisoners was held in Rangoon, with 50 civil society organizations in attendance.
AAPP has faced several challenges while trying to implement its goals this year. Activists and farmers have fought for their rights, and factory workers have faced pending trials while they are still being imprisoned. This rapid rise in political prisoner numbers is in addition to all those political prisoners who remained in prison at the end of 2013. None of these human rights or political activists have yet been freed. For these reasons, the number of political prisoners at the end of 2014 will be significantly higher than at the end of 2013.
Human rights violations are still ongoing and it is still a long road to seeing the start of transition. It will be difficult to continue moving forward towards the aims of peace and national reconciliation while there are political prisoners in Burma.
AAPP Secretary Tate Naing
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