AAPP Press Release

Letter of Condolence for the Passing of U Win Tin (2014)

Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Letter of Condolence for the Passing of U Win Tin by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) Date: 21 April 2014 We, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), wish to express our sorrow on hearing of the death of Hanthawaddy U Win Tin, aged 85, on 21 April 2014. We would like to convey to his family and his loved ones our deepest sympathies. The death of Sayargyi U Win Tin is such a great loss to our country. He wrote many articles, stories and critiques in areas such as art, literature, music, translati... Read more ➤


Posted: Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

ႏုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ားကူညီေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရးအသင္း (ေအေအပီပီ) ႏွင့္ ႏုိ္င္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားေဟာင္းမ်ားအဖဲြ႕တုိ႔ မွစီစဥ္က်င္းပခဲ့ေသာ က်ဆုံးႏုိင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ား ဂုဏ္ျပဳပဲြသို႔ အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမုိကေရစီ... Read more ➤

Letter of Condolence for the Passing of Nelson Mandela (2013)

Posted: Monday, December 9th, 2013

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) wishes to express our grief at the death of Nelson Mandela. His vision of a free and equal South Africa has had a profound influence on AAPP (B), his words have often provided the strength to keep going in our darkest times. For former political prisoners the suffering he endured and his unwavering commitment to his principles has and will continue to inspire us as we continue to fight for the same ideals he did. He, like many political activists in Burma, was willing to sacrifice his s... Read more ➤

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 ➤