AAPP Chronology

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 ➤

March 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation March saw the Scrutinizing Committee face continued difficulties when working with the government. Ongoing attempts to gain clear information, access to political prisoners and discuss the remaining political prisoner situation have yet to gain results.There still remain 30 political prisoners from the end of 2013 as well as numerous arrests and detentions of political activists at the start of the New Year. In March, 21 activists were arrested, 54 were indicted, and four sentenced. A majority of these individua... Read more ➤

February 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Summary of the Current Situation February continued to see more political activists arrested and charged for attempting to carry out peaceful protest. Since the start of the month 8 new political activists were arrested, with 5 people being sentenced under Article 18. Article 18 is still proving to be a commonly used law to arrest and detain activists, despite the presidential amnesty for people charged under his law at the end of the year. Since the start of 2014 12 new activists have been sentenced, on top of the 30 activists who remained in ... Read more ➤

January 2014 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Summary of the current situation The end of 2013 saw the cancelation of numerous political activists trials, and the release of a few from Burma‟s prison. According to government statements, this has emptied the jails of political activists. Those trials under the most commonly used laws to arrests activists were ended and the accused freed without further charge. And yet President Thein Sein has still failed to achieve his promise to release all political prisoners. Following the December release, The Review Committee for the Release of Rema... Read more ➤