AAPP 2012

December 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Monday, December 31st, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation There were 6 arrests, 3 sentences and 4 releases in the month of December, 2012. Trends Events surrounding the Letpadaung Copper Mine project continued to dominate the news in December. Ongoing protests near the project site and in major cities across Burma called for an official apology to those injured in the Letpadaung crackdown on November 29 in which over 100 demonstrators, the vast majority of them monks, were burned by fire bombs. Protesters also demanded that the government hold accountable the authoriti... Read more ➤

November 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation In November there were 26 arrests, 59 were released and 3 were sentenced. During the month at least 15 activists faced legal proceedings for political activism. Trends November 19, 2012, United States President Barack Obama made an historic visit to Burma, the first of any U.S. President. The trip was greatly anticipated, especially in Rangoon where a significant number of workers could be seen painting, polishing and restoring to prepare the University of Rangoon for an event as important as the first ever visi... Read more ➤

October 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Monday, November 12th, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation In October there were 0 arrests, 0 were released and 0 were sentenced. During the month at least 29 activists faced legal proceedings for public protests. Trends Cases of torture during detention of prisoners continue to emerge, though police and authorities try to keep it in the dark. In October it came to public knowledge that two Kachin men had been mistreated and humiliated during detention back in June. Also in July, the Asian Human Rights Commission received information that a 19 year old man died due to ... Read more ➤

September 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation In September there were 23 arrests, 90 released and 0 were sentenced. Trends Prior to President Thein Sein’s departure from Burma 514 prisoners were released under a general amnesty. The majority of those released were criminal offenders, with only 88 political prisoners released. This included several NLD members, Karen activists, and about a dozen monks. The releases were conditional as they were authorized under Section 401, and therefore are a suspension rather than an unconditional release. At this time 3... Read more ➤

August 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, September 14th, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation There were 10 arrests, 3 were sentences and 5 releases in the month of August, 2012. Trends Events unfolding during the month of August have clearly shown there continues to be a lack of an independent and reliable judiciary system in Burma. Rulings are instead made on completely arbitrary grounds and in many cases individuals are convicted without any evidence. Fair trials are nonexistent: for example, defendants and lawyers are denied accurate information about charges and trial proceedings. In many cases, def... Read more ➤

July 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation In the month of July 5 were arrested, 25 were released, and no one was sentenced. Trends Early July brought the news of an amnesty that granted the release of 25 political prisoners out of a total group of 46 prisoners being released. The event was overshadowed as local authorities arrested student activists planning to peacefully commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the brutal military crackdown on students in 1962. More than 20 students were detained, some of whom were former detainees previously released in... Read more ➤

June 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation  In the month of June 2012, 21 were arrested, 10 were released, and n0 one was sentenced. The month of June saw a breakout of sectarian violence in Arakan State – resulting in an official state of emergency. The line between arrests and detentions, as well as the number of those apprehended remain unclear. However, we can confirm 15 were arrested in Arakan State: 4 RNDP members, 10 in Sittwe, and one monk. Four were arrested in Chin State and 2 in Yamethin District. The 2 in Yamethin were released later in t... Read more ➤

May 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, June 1st, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation There were at least 21 detentions, 2 arrests, 1 sentencing, and 2 releases in the month of May 2012. Trends May has been marked by a sharp contrast between an international rush to lift sanctions and commend the limited political reforms underway, and the reality of continued human rights violations, especially with regard to political prisoners. While international leaders and investors continue to visit Burma and laud the progress made by the nominally civilian government, a number of reports recently released... Read more ➤

April 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, May 4th, 2012

Summary of the Current Situation  There was 1 arrest, 3[1] sentences and 2 releases for the month of April. The number of political prisoners AAPP can confirm behind bars and the location of their prisons is now 471; 465 more are under the verification process.  The confirmed number will continue to fluctuate and is expected to increase as the verification process continues. Trends April witnessed a series of unprecedented visits by foreign leaders and diplomats, and an international rush to lift some of the long standing sanctions on Burma. ... Read more ➤

March 2012 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Summary of the current situation There were 46 arrests, 7 sentences, and 13 releases for the month of March. Of the 46 arrested, 9 were briefly detained and released after a couple of days of interrogation.  Twenty eight villagers arrested are currently facing charges. Trends With extensive media coverage, both domestically and internationally, on the April 1 by-elections, the issue of the continued incarceration of political prisoners and the harassment those released face has taken a back seat. This issue, however, has not seen any improveme... Read more ➤