AAPP Press Release

May 24, 2017Amnesty Statement

Posted: Friday, May 26th, 2017

May 26, 2017 Ahead of the second 21 st Panglong Peace Conference, it was announced on May 24 that there has been another mass amnesty, the second amnesty of this year following the release of 1,883 criminal prisoners one day before the beginning of the thingyan festival. The first amnesty of 2017 saw the release of zero political prisoners, whereas the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) are extremely happy to announce that on May 24, there were a total of 80 political prisoners released. The majority of those released faced ... Read more ➤

International Women’s Day (2017)

Posted: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Date . March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day Today, on International Women’s Day, we at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) remember and honor all the brave women who sacrificed their freedom to fight for democracy, equality, and human rights in Burma. Many have risen to greatness in face of unimaginable adversity, and are fantastic examples of the strength and power inherent in the female, political prisoner or not. Democracy can only be truly achieved when equality is reached, when men and women alike hold the sa... Read more ➤

Letter of Condolence for the Passing of U Ko Ni 2017

Posted: Monday, January 30th, 2017

January 30, 2017 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic and untimely death of U Ko Ni and taxi driver U Nay Win at Yangon airport yesterday evening. Known to many of us on a personal level, AAPP recognized U Ko Ni as an integral part of the democratization process and human rights movement in Burma, a fantastic lawyer, and above all a good and honourable man. He was a key player in the mass amnesty of political prisoners in April 2016, an ally and friend of AAPP. His de... Read more ➤

Important Information Regarding AAPP’s Documentation Process (2016)

Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016

Dear loyal supporters of AAPP, The transition to Burma’s first democratically-elected civilian government in half a century has presented new opportunities for legislative and policy reform, and some progression on the political prisoner issue. Close monitoring and documentation of the situation in Burma continues to be essential as violations of human, civil and political rights continue throughout the country, as well as the continued existence of political prisoners. With the changing nature of the political climate, AAPP have felt the ne... Read more ➤

REPORT LAUNCH: ‘Prison Conditions in Burma and the Potential for Prison Reform’ (2016)

Posted: Sunday, September 25th, 2016

25 September 2016   The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has today – 25 September 2016 – published a report entitled ‘Prisons Conditions in Burma and the Potential for Prison Reform’. The report will be available on AAPP’s website in English and Burmese. The report is a preliminary assessment of the potential for prison reform in Burma and aims to provide foundations upon which to build a comprehensive strategy for prison reform. The report identifies the key issues impacting Burma’s prison system. The int... Read more ➤

Request letter to State Counsellor, H.E Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (2016)

Posted: Friday, September 16th, 2016

We congratulate you on what appears to be a highly successful visit to the United Kingdom and United States of America. After having the opportunity to discuss ongoing human rights issues in Burma with British Prime Minister Theresa May and United States President Barack Obama, we are sure you will agree that support from the international community will be essential in achieving these goals.  We thus respectfully request that you commit to ratifying the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishmen... Read more ➤

REPORT LAUNCH: “After Release I had to restart my life from the beginning” (2016)

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

AAPP and FPPS launch report entitled ‘“After Release I had to restart my life from the beginning”: The Experience of Ex-political Prisoners in Burma and Challenges to Reintegration’ 25 May 2016 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (“AAPP”) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (“FPPS”) has today – 25 May 2016 – published a report entitled, ‘“After release I had to restart my life from the beginning”: The Experiences of Ex-political Prisoners in Burma and Challenges to Reintegration’. The report is... Read more ➤

Daw Aung San Suu Kyis’s Statement on the Release of Political Prisoners (2016)

Posted: Saturday, April 9th, 2016

AAPP welcomes the statement from the State Counsellors office on April 7 2016 concerning the intended release of political prisoners in Burma. This statement demonstrates that the release of political prisoners, political activists, students and supporters who are facing trial because of their political activities is a first priority of the elected NLD-led government. AAPP deeply welcomes this sentiment. The statement from the State Counsellors office included three potential methods of securing the release of political prisoners.  Two of the... Read more ➤

AAPP Calls for the Release of Nilar Thein (2016)

Posted: Thursday, February 25th, 2016

On February 24, 2016 Ma Nilar Thein, secretary of Women’s Affairs at the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, was arrested for her alleged participation in a protest in Rangoon in February 2015 showing unity and support of the students advocating for education reform at Letpadan Township, Bago Division. Later that day she was charged under Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act by Mayangone township court and sent to Insein prison. The case against Ma Nilar Thein was brought to the court by Mayangone township police... Read more ➤

AAPP Raises Concerns Despite Presidential Amnesty (2016)

Posted: Friday, January 22nd, 2016

AAPP Raises Concerns Despite Presidential Amnesty January 22, 2016 Today – January 22, 2016- the Government of Burma released 102 prisoners in a presidential amnesty under Section 401/ B of the Criminal Procedure. Among those released were 52 political prisoners. While AAPP welcomes the release of political prisoners we maintain our concern for the remaining political prisoners and for the 408 currently awaiting trial for political actions. Of particular concern are the students and supporters who have been awaiting trial in detention si... Read more ➤