AAPP Press Release

U Ko Ni Condolence Letter

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

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 ➤

AAPP launches report entitled ‘Prison Conditions in Burma and the Potential for Prison Reform’

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:

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 ➤

AAPP and FPPS launch report entitled “After Release I had to restart my life from the beginning”

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 ➤

AAPP welcomes State Counsellors statement on the release of political prisoners

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-B calls for the release of Nilar Thein

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

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 ➤

Students on Hunger Strike Tortured at Myin Gyan Prison

Posted: Friday, November 13th, 2015

Students on Hunger Strike Tortured at Myin Gyan Prison 13 November 2015 AAPP calls for immediate action and an investigation into acts of torture committed against students Si Thu Myant and Soe Hlaing at Myin Gyan Prison on November 6, 2015 and demands the students’ immediate and unconditional release. On November 6, Si Thu Myant and Soe Hlaing were covered in blankets and brutally beaten by prison guards at Myin Gyan prison. In addition to this the pair were deprived of water. According to the UN Convention Against Torture definition, this ... Read more ➤

AAPP calls for political freedom in the lead up to the November 8 election

Posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2015

AAPP calls for political freedom in the lead up to the November 8 election October 22, 2015 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) calls for the right to political freedom to be upheld in the lead-up to the election and for an end to the arrests of members and supporters of opposition parties. On October 17, Myat Nu Khaing, an independent election candidate in Phyu Township, Bago Region, was arrested while taking a break from her campaigning activities. Her charges relate to her alleged participation in a protest at the Chin... Read more ➤