AAPP Chronology

Chronology 2013 October

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 ➤

Chronology 2013 September

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 ➤

Chronology 2013 August

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 ➤

Chronology 2013 July

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 ➤

Chronology 2013 June

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 ➤

Chronology 2013 May

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 ➤

Chronology 2013 March

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 ➤

Chronology February 2013

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 ➤

Chronology January 2013

Posted: Friday, February 15th, 2013

Summary of the Current Situation There were 4 arrests, 25 sentenced and 4 released in January. The majority of arrests this month have been under sections 18 and 19 of the Peaceful Assembly, Peaceful Procession laws, which were meant to allow the population to demonstrate peacefully. (see Update on Individual Cases and Individual  Activists) Trends As events unfolded throughout January it appears clear that there is still far to go in terms of bringing Burma’s Judiciary into the twenty-first century. While some steps have been taken forward,... Read more ➤

Chronology 2012 December

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 ➤