The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), otherwise known as AAPP, is a human rights organization based in Mae Sot, Thailand, with recently opened offices in Rangoon and Mandalay, Burma. AAPP advocates for the release of all remaining political prisoners in Burma and for the improvement of their quality of life during and after incarceration. AAPP has developed rehabilitation and assistance programs for those political activists who have been released while continuing to document the ongoing imprisonment of political activists in Burma.

As long as political prisoners exist inside Burma, Burma will not be free. They represent the struggle for democracy, human rights, equality and freedom for the people of Burma. This makes the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners an integral part of Burma’s drive for national reconciliation.

AAPP’s core activities include:

  • advocating for the release of all remaining political prisoners
  • providing basic necessities, such as food and medicine, to remaining political prisoners
  • developing a Mental Health Assistance Program (MHAP) and providing educational and vocational opportunities to former and current political prisoners and their families through the Educational and Vocational Assistance Programs
  • documenting and reporting on human rights abuses carried out against political prisoners and pro-democracy activists
  • securing support for current and former political prisoners from international governments and organizations through domestic and international advocacy and lobbying

AAPP is widely recognized as a reliable and credible source of information on Burmese political prisoner issues by the United Nations, foreign governments, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and respected media outlets around the world.

What is a Political Prisoner?

To view AAPP’s official definition and criteria for a political prisoner, please click on the link below:

Criteria for AAPP’s definition of a Political Prisoner (260kb)