AAPP Papers

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Pamphlet of AAPP-B

Posted: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


1.To accurately report the number of political prisoners held in Burma, and the human rights violations carried out against them in various detention centers,prisons and labor camps.
2. To advocate for prisons reforms to lessen the suffering endured by political prisoners.
3.To secure the support of governments and international organizations to pressure the military backed government to stop the persecution, arrest and detention of political prisoners, and to uncon... Read more ➤


AAPP and Burma Partnership Joint Submission to UN General Assembly (2014)

Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

AAPP and Burma Partnership have recently completed a joint paper entitled The Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Burma-Myanmar. A summary of this paper was presented at the United Nations General Assembly 2014. Summary: BP-AAPP UNGA – Summary of Briefing Paper on the Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Burma-Myanmar Full Briefing Paper: BP-AAPP UNGA – A Briefing Paper on the Shrinking Space for Civil Society in Burma-Myanmar ... Read more ➤


UN General Assembly: AAPP Submission (October 2014)

Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

AAPP has submitted a report to the 65th UN General Assembly reminding the Burmese Government of its commitment to signing on to the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT). The report references a statement by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Thant Kyaw, who earlier this year announced that Burma would indeed be signing the covenant in September of 2014. However, no such action was taken last month. The reports highlights a number of instances of torture that have occurred thus far in 2014, and concludes by urging the international community to... Read more ➤

The Use of Section 18 to Continue Human Rights Abuses in Burma

Posted: Friday, October 4th, 2013

Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law is being frequently utilized to arrest and imprison political activists for undertaking human rights activism in Burma. AAPP (B) wishes to highlight the ongoing human rights abuses section 18 permits and to make the international community aware of the dangers this poses to the political freedom in Burma. AAPP (B) is greatly concerned that the wide ranging use of section 18 allows political activists to be imprisoned for terms far out of proportion with their alleged offence. This ... Read more ➤

The Role of Civil Society In Burma’s Transition to Democracy

Posted: Friday, August 9th, 2013

The important role of civil society in Burma’s transitional period must not be overlooked. The rapid changes that officially dismantled decades of brutal dictatorial rule, resulting in the restoration of Parliament, would not have been possible without popular social movements. The supportive contribution of civil society has provided much-needed legitimacy and popular weight to the democratic transition. The role civil societies play in advancing the democratic progress of Burmese society is pivotal, and it is imperative to recognize the wor... Read more ➤

The Release of Political Prisoners in Burma

Posted: Monday, February 28th, 2011

There are approximately 475 political prisoners currently in prison in Burma. The nominally civilian government denies that there even are political prisoners in Burma. In its response to questions about political prisoners made as part of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review on Burma’s human rights record, published 2nd February 2011, it was said that ‘Those referred to as “political prisoners” and “prisoners of conscience” are in prison because they had breached the prevailing laws and not because of their politica... Read more ➤

Torture, Political Prisoners, and the Un-Rule of Law

Posted: Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Despite the fact that torture constitutes one of the most brutal attacks on human dignity, and not withstanding the absolute prohibition of torture under any circumstances, almost no society is immune from torture. In many societies, it is practiced systematically. Burma is one such country. In addition, conditions of detention, in Burma, are appalling and arguably qualify as cruel, inhuman and degrading, amounting to torture. This paper explores the nature of torture in Burma’s interrogation centres and prisons. Full paper here: Tort... Read more ➤

The Situation of Prisons in Burma (2007)

Posted: Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

People in Burma have to live their lives without any security as a result of lawlessness. They have to live in a situation under which they can be arrested at any time and jailed for a long sentence, or even die during interrogation in police stations and interrogation camps. We at the AAPP believe that there will be no law and order as long as the SPDC is manipulating the most important power pillars of the country—the legislative, judicial and administrative power—and issuing directives and orders that to be approved as law. This paper e... Read more ➤

Report on Myaungmya Prison (June 2004)

Posted: Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) officials’ overhaul of staff at a prison on the Irrawaddy delta in Burma following a demonstration there last year has perpetuated the abuse of prisoners that first occurred following the initial crackdown on protesters. Demanding basic rights, prisoners demonstrated  outside their cells at Myaung Mya Prison on the evening of August 18, 2003. This report documents the events leading to the overhaul, and the ongoing abuse of prisoners at the prison. Full paper here: Report on Myaungmya Prison (June ... Read more ➤

Report on Forced Labor (May 2002)

Posted: Thursday, May 2nd, 2002

In Burma, the use of prisoners’ labor began in June 1962, when prisoners were forced to work at the Pale-Gangaw road construction project. Since then, due to the fact that state development projects are usually carried out solely by manual labor, prison labor camps were set up and the state began employing prison labor extensively. In addition, in 1962 when the government launched it’s offensive against insurgent ethnic groups, prisoners as well as civilians began to be used as military porters. Since the 1962 military coup, Burma ... Read more ➤