AAPP Press Release

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 ➤

Students on Hunger Strike Tortured at Myingyan Prison (2015)

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 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 ➤