AAPP 2013

December 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Summary of the current situation Early December saw the release of 41 political prisoners. The December 30 Presidential Pardon Order Number-51/2013 brought the release of a further 16 political prisoners, bringing the total for December to 59. 3 people were indicted and arrested and 9 were indicted throughout this month with 15 people were sentenced with 9 being imprisoned. There remain around 136 people still awaiting trial for their political activities. The release of all those facing trial under Section 18 of The Peaceful Assembly Act, 505 ... Read more ➤

November 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Summary of the current situation 66 political prisoners were released on November 15th. This month also saw the sentencing of 30 activists, several of which paid fines rather than face imprisonment. A large number of those imprisoned are farmers sentenced under Section 18 of The Peaceful Assembly Law and Section 505 (b) of The Penal Code. Download full Monthly Chronology November 2013 ... Read more ➤

October 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Summary of the current situation During October 34 political activists were indicted, of which 2 are human rights defenders who at the time of writing remained in detention. 5 political activists were sentenced; 3 were given prison sentences and 2 paid a fine. The month also saw the release of 56 political prisoners. In addition, 3 political prisoners were in poor health. 79 farmers involved in the “plowing protests” in Pyin- Oo- Lwin Tsp have been indicted under sections 442 and 447 for trespassing. Download full Monthly Chronology October... Read more ➤

September 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Monday, September 9th, 2013

Summary 33 incarcerated, 10 released. 232 activists are still facing trial. 3 prisoners are reported as being in poor health, 2 suffering AIDS and one from tuberculosis. While it has been stated that all remaining political prisoners will be released by the end of the year, the number of political prisoners is significantly increasing. In comparison to 7 political prisoners who were incarcerated last month, 33 people were incarcerated this month. This number of political prisoners does not include those who have been incarcerated for plowing th... Read more ➤

August 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Political Prisoner Watch Burma (August 2013) In the month of August, we saw numerous arrests under The Decree on the Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession, also referred to as Section 18. Out of the 35 political demonstrators arrested this month, 29 face trials under the section 18. Out of the 7 incarcerated this month, 6 have been charged with violating the same Act. The rest of the political demonstrators have been charged with section 505 (b). Summary of the Current Situation 53 are facing trial, 7 were sentenced, and 0 politica... Read more ➤

July 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Month in Review July saw the release of 73 prisoners. While the release of political prisoners raises hope in the national and the former political prisoners community, these releases should be regarded with caution. This month has seen the arrest of far too many political demonstrators advocating for their basic Human Rights, with 115 activists remaining behind bars. In addition despite the number of political prisoners released, legislation such as section 18 of Peaceful Protesting and Procession Law and section 505 (b) is being broadly utili... Read more ➤

June 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Political Prisoner Watch (Burma) June 2013 Month in Review During the month of June, many activists were charged and sent to jail under Section 505 of Burma’s Penal Code and under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law. An emerging trend is the nation-wide cases of “protest plows.” Landless farmers have been contesting land confiscations by plowing and reharvesting their formally held lands, risking arrest. Further developments in the Letpadaung Copper Mine Project protests underline the conflict between the government... Read more ➤

May 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Political Prisoner Watch (Burma) May 2013 Month in Review May saw a predictable release of 21 political prisoners ahead of a landmark visit by President U Thein Sein to Washington D.C. to meet with US President Obama. While the release of any political prisoner is welcomed, the release must be viewed in the context of ongoing harassment, threats, and arrest of human rights activists which continued in May. Demonstrators were targeted throughout the country for openly criticizing government backed construction projects, while 3 demonstrators, la... Read more ➤

March 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, April 19th, 2013

Political Prisoner Watch (Burma) March 2013 Month in Review Over the coming weeks AAPP will be making some changes to our monthly chronology, now named Political Prisoner Watch (Burma). We hope these changes will make it easier for our supporters to keep up to date on the latest political prisoner developments in Burma. March saw further arrests over land confiscation protests as well as an increase in violent conflict between Buddhist and Muslim communities. Former political prisoners also faced further difficulties in gaining new passports, d... Read more ➤

February 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, March 15th, 2013

Summary of the Current Situation There was one arrest, four sentenced and three released throughout February. U Myint Aye, Ko Ye-Khae and Ko Ba Shee were released after three months in prison and paying a 10,000 kyat fine. There are also seventeen awaiting trial, including seven Shan farmers who were protesting after refusing to accept compensation for their land.[1] (See Ethnic Nationalities) Trends Early February saw the conclusion of Secretary Tate Naing and Joint Secretary Bo Kyi’s first assessment trip to Burma. The trip was largely to b... Read more ➤