AAPP Advocacy Papers

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AAPP Informative Pamphlet

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 (2013) 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 ➤

AAPP (2013) 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 ➤

AAPP (2011) 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 ➤

AAPP and Hannah Scott (2011) 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 ➤

AAPP (2007) The Situation of Prisons in Burma

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 ➤

AAPP (2004) Report on Myaungmya Prison

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 ➤

AAPP (2002) Report on Forced Labor

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 ➤

AAPP (2002) Report on Torture

Posted: Monday, February 18th, 2002

Make the world a torture free zone. These words were expressed in a small pamphlet published by Amnesty International. In Article 1 of United Nations Convention Against Torture states that “For the purposes of this Convention, the term Torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining  from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having co... Read more ➤

AAPP (2002) Confidence Building and Political Prisoners

Posted: Friday, February 15th, 2002

In Burma, talks between the military government known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), and the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have been ongoing for the past one and a half years. However, as of yet neither the junta nor the NLD has released any statements regarding these negotiations. This paper will analyze the degree to which progress has been made in improving human rights conditions in Burma, specifically in the context of confidence building efforts between the NLD and the SPDC, who have yet to... Read more ➤