AAPP Chronology

January 2015 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Summary of the current Situation As of the end of January, there are 159 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with 213 activists currently awaiting trial for political actions. The Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act continues to be used in an attempt to silence those critical of the current regime. This month the controversial law has been criticized by a well known international human rights group. January once again saw the death of innocent civilians. The recent increase in the death of civilians is a worrying sign that the... Read more ➤

December 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Summary of the Current Situation As of the end of December, 81 political activists remained in prison, with 78 farmers in jail. 203 people are awaiting trial. As another year passes by the government‟s promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013 is once again left unfulfilled. This failed promise along with recent events such as the death of freelance journalist and protestor Daw Khin Win, and the continuous repression of the rights of activists and human rights workers along with the ongoing charging of land rights activis... Read more ➤

November 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of the end of November, 72 political activists remained in prison, while 136 are awaiting trial. With only a month remaining in 2014, the situation faced by political activists, human rights workers, and journalists within Burma continues to be one of repression. This has led many observers, including Aung San Suu Kyi, to the conclusion that the democratization process in Burma has “stalled”. With the long awaited elections approaching in 2015, questions still remain about the current government‟s comm... Read more ➤

October 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Monday, November 17th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of the end of October, 75 political prisoners remain incarcerated in prison, with another 121 awaiting trial. The suppression of media in the country and the use of Section 18 to stifle political dissent remain of paramount concern. The extrajudicial killing of a freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing (aka Par Gyi), is particularly troubling as we near the end of 2014. The following is an analysis of media coverage and AAPP information received from Burma, focusing on issues regarding political prisoners and o... Read more ➤

September 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of September’s end, there are 80 activists incarcerated in Burma, with 130 activists currently awaiting trial for political actions. Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act continues to account for a large number of these arrests and incarcerations. The following is an analysis of media coverage and AAPP information received from Burma, focusing on issues regarding political prisoners, as well as developments pertaining to civil rights and freedoms in Burma. MONTH IN REVIEW In Septe... Read more ➤

August 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation March, 2014 By the end of August, 84 political prisoners were incarcerated in Burma, while approximately 122 individuals have been charged for politically motivated actions and await trial. The number of political prisoners has continued to rise since the beginning of this year, with the use of Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act accounting for many of the newly incarcerated individuals. Barring any significant political turnaround or change of policy, the number of political prisoner... Read more ➤

July 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, August 8th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation Despite President Thein Sein’s promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013, many individuals remain behind bars and the government continues to arrest and incarcerate new political prisoners. By the end of July, there were 70 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with approximately 114 accused activists awaiting trial. Since the beginning of 2014, the number of politically motivated arrests and incarcerations has been steadily increasing, indicating a regression in the democratic progre... Read more ➤

June 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of June’s end, there are sixty-five political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with 102 activists currently awaiting trial for political actions. Notwithstanding the president’s commitment to the release of all political prisoners by the end of 2013, the number of political incarcerations has been steadily increasing since the beginning of 2014, with a net average of six new political prisoners sentenced each month. In light of the 102 prisoners currently awaiting trial, if the current trend continues th... Read more ➤

May 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation Although the Burmese government maintains that no political prisoners remain in Burma, AAPP’s numbers have been steadily increasing since the end of 2013. At the end of May, there was exactly sixty confirmed political prisoners, with another eighty-seven awaiting trial. The Committee for Scrutinizing the Remaining Political Prisoners has continued to face institutional barriers that inhibit its effective operation. The difficulties faced by the committee, in addition to the government’s official position th... Read more ➤

April 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Monthly Chronology 2014 April The passing of celebrated political journalist and former political prisoner U Win Tin this month marks a huge loss for the democracy movement in Burma. AAPP would like to express our condolences to the family and loved ones of U Win Tin for their loss, and also acknowledge the important place U Win Tin held in the fight for freedom in Burma. The loss of U Win Tin is felt by all those who have fought for, and continue to fight for, true democracy in Burma. Summary of the current Situation The month of April saw th... Read more ➤