AAPP Chronology

September 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, October 13th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, one person was arrested and one was sentenced but immediately released. Three incarcerated political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Restrictions on media and civil and political liberties have continued throughout September. Two news journals, The Voice Weekly and Envoy, have been indefinitely suspended for failing to send articles to the censorship board for approval before publication. Journalist Aung Lwin has been charged with defamation under Section 500 of the Penal Code for having published an ess... Read more ➤

August 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, seven local people from ethnic areas were arrested and 22 farmers were charged. Thirty-five people had cases against them dropped and three incarcerated political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Charges and sentences under repressive legislation continued to be handed down at the expense of activists, farmers and ethnic minorities.  On August 15, ten farmers from Naung Cho Township, Shan State, charged in 2014 under Articles 427, 447, 506 and 294 of the Penal Code, faced their 52nd court hearing. A furth... Read more ➤

July 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Month In Review This month 129 sentences were handed down for political reasons, including fines given to 105 farmers for staging a plowing protest. Four political prisoners were released from prison, and a further 110 people, including the aforementioned farmers completed their sentence or had cases against them dropped. One person was arrested, two political prisoners are reported to be in bad health and trespassing charges were brought against 131 farmers. Charges and sentences under repressive legislation continue to be handed down at the ... Read more ➤

June 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month 112 civilians were arrested by State forces and ethnic armed groups, 48 of which were subsequently released, 18 individuals were sentenced and 5 were released. Three political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 34 activists, journalists and civilians were charged. Authorities continued to arrest and detain activists under outdated legislation and threaten their freedom to peaceful assembly and expression. Fifteen of the 71 workers from Sagaing who were arrested following their peaceful prote... Read more ➤

May 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Summary of the Current Situation: There are 67 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma. 189 activists are currently awaiting trial for political actions, 47 of whom are incarcerated. MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 90 political activists were arrested in total including 71 labor rights activists. Nine individuals were sentenced and 77 were released, 56 of those were labor rights activists. Three political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 51 activists were charged. AAPP is yet to confirm the identities and details of ... Read more ➤

April 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, May 20th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 235 political activists were released following a series of presidential amnesties, two political activists were arrested in total, and 16 individuals were sentenced. Three political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 25 activists were charged, of which 12 were farmers. The new NLD government led by President Htin Kyaw took office on April 1. On April 6 the new government created the role of State Counselor, assumed by Aung San Suu Kyi. Her first act was to release a statement on April 7 an... Read more ➤

March 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Summary of the Current Situation: There are 110 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma. 428 activists are currently awaiting trial for political actions, 130 of whom are incarcerated. Month In Review This month, 9 political activists were arrested in total, 30 individuals were sentenced and 11 were released. Ten political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 8 new charges were piled on activists. On March 15, Htin Kyaw, former political prisoner and resident of Rangoon’s infamous Insein prison, was elected as Burma... Read more ➤

February 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Monday, March 14th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 19 political activists were arrested in total, nine individuals were sentenced and one was released. Eleven political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. Also this month, 45 new charges were piled on activists. On February 1, 122 former political prisoners, including poets, singers, writers, lawyers, teachers and doctors took their seats as the new members of parliament. Amidst the transition, the use of Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act to arrest and imprison political activist... Read more ➤

January 2016 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, February 18th, 2016

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, seven political activists were arrested in total, 12 individuals were sentenced, and 69 were released. Nineteen political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. After encountering sustained pressure from international governments and human rights groups, the Presidential Office decided to release 52 political prisoners on January 22 as part of a presidential amnesty. However, as those released in the amnesty walked free, dozens were arrested and sentenced for their political actions this month and a plethora of... Read more ➤

December 2015 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Month In Review This month, four political activists were arrested in total, seven individuals were sentenced, and six were released. Nineteen political prisoners are reported to be in bad health. One month after the historic elections in Burma, people continue to be arrested for taking political action and for claiming their rights. December marked the first time a political activist was sentenced for allegedly having defamed the military via a Facebook post. Chaw Sandi Tun has been sentenced to six months imprisonment. Others still face tria... Read more ➤