AAPP Papers

Report on Torture (February 2002)

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 ➤

Confidence Building and Political Prisoners (February 2002)

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 ➤

Joint Report: Burma Lower Council and AAPP on Burmese Political Prisoners (December 2001)

Posted: Saturday, December 22nd, 2001

In the 40 years it seized power and over threw the country’s Constitution, Burma’s military rulers ruled in different garbs. From legal aspect, this is an interesting study. In 1962, Ne Win ruled with the laws which he took over from the democratic government headed by U Nu. Except the abolition of Supreme court and the constitutional rights for redress of infringement of fundamental rights, he ruled with the earlier legislation, old judiciary and legal system. In 1974, he floated 1974 constitution. The judiciary was drastically cha... Read more ➤

A Glimpse to Political Prisoners and Prison Conditions in Burma (March 2001)

Posted: Tuesday, March 20th, 2001

We, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), have been reporting the situation of political prisoners of the prisons around Burma. Many democracy and human rights activists have been arrested, tortured and imprisoned for their peaceful activities since the 1988 military coup. Most of them were given long prison terms and have faced violation of their human rights by the Military Intelligence (MI) and prison authorities in their everyday life. In this paper, we, former political prisoners, present a summary of their horrible condi... Read more ➤

The Use of Prisoners as Forced Porters and Labor by the Military Junta In Burma (September 2000)

Posted: Tuesday, September 19th, 2000

Despite being a member of the International Labor Organization (ILO), and having ratified the organizations convention, the use of forced porters by the military junta in Burma is well documented. This paper provides an overview and assessment of the use of forced labor in Burma. Full paper here: The Use of Prisoners as Forced Porters and Labor by the Military Junta In Burma ... Read more ➤

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Can The Outside World See the Darkness We See? (May 2000)

Posted: Sunday, May 28th, 2000

As Burma is a member of the United Nations, the military junta, who call themselves the Government, must respect the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Moreover, they must follow the convention against torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishments adopted by the General Assembly on 10 December 1984. The state parties to this convention have agreed – in regards to article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights – that no one shal... Read more ➤