AAPP Press Release

AAPP Calls for Political Freedom in the Lead up to the November 8 Elections (2015)

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 ➤

AAPP Demand the Release of Social Media Activists (2015)

Posted: Saturday, October 17th, 2015

October 17, 2015 AAPP demand the release of Social Media Activists The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) call for the immediate and unconditional release of Patrick Kum Jaa Lee and Chaw Sandi Tun who have been arrested and detained for mocking the Military on Facebook. Forty-three year old peace activist, Patrick Kum Jaa Lee was arrested at his home in Rangoon on the evening of October 14 after sharing a photo on Facebook of a man stepping on a photo of Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing. He is facing charges... Read more ➤

AAPP and FPPS Call for the Release of All Political Prisoners Before the Signing of the National Ceasefire Agreement and the 2015 General Election (2015)

Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

  Date 29 Sep 2015 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) jointly call for the release of all political prisoners prior to the signing of the National Ceasefire Agreement and the 2015 General Election, if national peace and reconciliation is to take effect. The people of Burma and the international community are looking to the ceasefire agreement and the election as defining moments for Burma’s future as a peaceful, democratic state. With the National Ceasefire Agreemen... Read more ➤

AAPP and FPPS Call for the Release of the Graffiti Students (2015)

Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Date  26 Aug 2015 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) express great concern over the treatment of student activists Naing Ye Wai, Aung San Oo, Jit Tu and Nyan Lin Htet who are currently being held in solitary confinement in punishment cells in Obo prison as a result of the recent hunger strike they launched in response to the denial of their request for bail to attend their exams. The four students from Yadanarpon University’s All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFS... Read more ➤

Presidential Amnesty Does Little to Liberate Burma’s Political Prisoners (2015)

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2015

Date: July 31, 2015 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) are greatly disappointed at the release of only a handful of political prisoners yesterday, among thousands of criminal offenders set free in the amnesty. On July 30, 2015, the Ministry of Information announced the release of 6,966 prisoners in the first presidential amnesty since October 2014. Of those 6,966, only 13 political prisoners were granted freedom. This number is drastically disproportionate to the amount o... Read more ➤

AAPP Calls for Adequate Healthcare for Political Prisoners in Burma (2015)

Posted: Thursday, June 11th, 2015

   photo credit Ba Thet Aung (FB) Date: June 11, 2015 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), also known as AAPP, has received reports over recent months regarding the deterioration of the health of several political prisoners in Burma’s prisons, raising serious concerns. On June 2, 2015, Tin Win, a detainee in Tharyarwaddy Prison was admitted to Rangoon General Hospital after collapsing in court following breathing difficulties. Tin Win had been arrested on March 10, 2015, in relation to the student protests in Letpadan... Read more ➤

2015 Palm Campaign: “Even Though I’m Free I Am Not” – Extended in Light of the Recent Mass Arrests of Peaceful Protestors

Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

Today – March 13, 2015 – the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and the Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) announce the extension of the 2015 Palm Campaign in light of the recent violent government crackdowns and mass arrests of at least 127 peaceful protestors. Initially, the campaign was intended to culminate today – Burma’s Human Rights Day. This day commemorates the death of Phone Maw – the student shot dead at Rangoon Institute of Technology by government security troops during protests in 1988 – ... Read more ➤

AAPP and FPPS (2015) Documentation Project Interim Report

Posted: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Executive Summary To date, government efforts to assist former political prisoners (FPPs) to acclimatize and reintegrate into society have been largely nonexistent in Burma. The effects of this inaction have, and continue to be hugely detrimental for the FPPs, their families, and for transitional justice efforts in the country. This inaction has become even more pressing since the government of Burma began releasing hundreds of political prisoners1 in a wave of amnesties following the 2011 political reforms. There are between 7,000 and 10,000 ... Read more ➤

Even Though I Am Free I Am Not: The Need for the Campaign in 2015

Posted: Sunday, January 4th, 2015

  Even though I am free I am not. This was the message the groundbreaking 2010 photography campaign sought to convey to the world. The message that the burgeoning road to freedom in Burma would be forever blocked while political prisoners remained. Freedom is not solely liberation from prison. It is also the need for a free country, a Burma where political freedoms and civil liberties are respected and there no longer exist political prisoners. This photo campaign, initiated by award winning documentary journalist James MacKay and The Ass... Read more ➤

AAPP AND FPPS Joint Statement for 67th Annivesary of Independence Day of Burma (2015)

Posted: Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Date: January 4, 2015 January 4, 2015 is the 67th anniversary of the Independent Day of Union of Burma (Myanmar). However, the promises made to the people of Burma have not yet been fulfilled. The basic essence of independence is still being denied to them and in fact they are losing their basic rights, along with their personal security. Although independence has existed for almost seven decades, there has been lack of opportunities for people to create their own fortune, live securely and work for the benefit and improvement of their country... Read more ➤