AAPP Press Release

56 Political Prisoners Freed in 12th Presidential Release (2013)

Posted: Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) welcomes the October 8th release of 56 political prisoners. It is essential to continue to recognize the difficulties political prisoners face upon their release. Due to the restrictions placed upon them by Article 401, their freedom after prison is not unconditional. Their release does not officially acknowledge their political status and ensures they are released with conditions restricting their freedom. It is unacceptable that the old prison sentence still hangs over them once they have... Read more ➤

Burma: Ratify the UN Convention Against Torture (2013)

Posted: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

In honor of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) urges the Government of Burma to immediately consider ratifying the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT) and to codify provisions into domestic law. “Ratification of the CAT would be a clear signal that Burma is not only committed to eradicating torture within its borders,” says AAPP (B) Joint-Secretary Bo Kyi, “but would be a symbolic gesture of solidarity with victims of torture nationwide. It would help distance... Read more ➤

AAPP Urges the Government to Release all Remaining Political Prisoners (2013)

Posted: Friday, May 17th, 2013

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) expresses displeasure with the manner political prisoners have been released on 17 May, resulting in the release of 23 prisoners, of which 19 are confirmed to be political prisoners. While AAPP (B) welcomes the freeing of any political prisoner, the releases mean little if political prisoners are released with restrictions attached and without a complete wiping of their criminal records. Among the 19 political prisoners released today is Nay Myo Zin, a charity worker and former army cap... Read more ➤

AAPP Condemns the Sentencing of Former Political Prisoner Nay Myo Zin Under Article 401(1) (2013)

Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

AAPP (B) condemns the sentencing of former political prisoner Nay Myo Zin under Article 401 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Nay Myo Zin, charity worker and coordinator of the Myanmar Social Development Network, is the first former political prisoner to be ordered to serve the remainder of his original prison sentence. He has been ordered to serve 6 years of his previous 10-year sentence. Thousands of former political prisoners have been released under Article 401 (1), which gives the President of the Union power to “remit the whole or ... Read more ➤

Burma: Investigate Death of Former Political Prisoner Phyo Wai Aung (2013)

Posted: Saturday, January 5th, 2013

AAPP is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of former political prisoner Phyo Wai Aung. He passed away due to liver cancer at his home in Rangoon on 4 January 2012, only 5 months after his release from Insein prison where he served 2 years. The Burmese authorities should investigate the death of the 33 year old construction contractor and immediately provide his family with information surrounding circumstances surrounding his death, especially torture and denial of medical treatment while he was in prison. Documentation received by AAPP... Read more ➤

Ashin Gambira A.K.A Nyi Nyi Lwin Re-arrested (2012)

Posted: Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

On December 1st, 2012, Ashin Gambira (aka) Nyi Nyi Lwin was re-arrested by Burmese authorities whilst staying at Nyi Nyi Zaw’s house in Thingangyun Township, Rangoon. On December 2nd, he was sent to Insein prison where he was incarcerated. He has been indicted by Thingangyun, Bahan and Tanyin courts with the following three charges: Section 448 of “house-trespassing” Section 427 of “mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees” Section 454 of “lurking house-trespass or house-breaking in order to commit offence punishable w... Read more ➤

Criteria for AAPP’s Definition of a Political Prisoner (2011)

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011

Information Release Date: September 30, 2011 AAPP defines a political prisoner as anyone who is arrested because of his or her perceived or real active involvement or supporting role in political movements with peaceful or resistant means. AAPP maintains that the motivation behind the arrest of every individual in AAPP’s database is political, regardless of the laws they have been sentenced under. The State Law Order Restoration Council and State Peace Development Council denied the existence of political prisoners; a denial reiterated by the... Read more ➤

Leaked Reports Reveal the Staggering Scale of those Arrested During the Saffron Revolution (2011)

Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2011

Information Release Date: 26 September 2011 On this day, the 4th anniversary of the Saffron Revolution, a leaked internal document from the Special Branch of the police force reveals for the first time the exact number of those who were arrested and detained during Saffron. Until now, previous military regimes and the current U Thein Sein regime have routinely refused to acknowledge the mass arrests, detentions, and imprisonments of those who dissent, leaving the domestic and international community to guess at the true scale of the repression.... Read more ➤

Conern for the Safety of Seven Political Prisoners in Solitary Confinement for Undertaking a Hunger Strike (2011)

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Immediate Release Date: 25 May 2011 AAPP has learnt that 7 of the 22 political prisoners who have been on a hunger strike in Insein Prison have been placed in solitary confinement. They have a list of six demands regarding basic prisoner rights and have been undergoing a hunger strike until their demands are met. The prison authorities responded by sending them to the Military Dog Cell, a notoriously famous cell for brutal torture and extreme punishment. They were transferred on 24 May in the afternoon. AAPP has also learnt that the other polit... Read more ➤

Political Prisoners Strike in Insein Prison (2011)

Posted: Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Immediate Release Date: 21 May 2011 Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) learnt today that 22 Political Prisoners are striking for prisoner’s fundamental rights. Although prisoners are usually allowed 15 minutes per day outside of their cells, the striking prisoners will remain inside their cells as the first step in their protest. As of tomorrow, the prisoners will escalate their demonstration by commencing a “hunger strike” if prison authority does not agree to their demands. Following situations were cour... Read more ➤