AAPP Press Release

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 ➤

AAPP Denounces Recent Prisoner Amnesty (2011)

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Date: 17 May, 2011 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) denounces the prisoner amnesty, announced 16 May by the new Thein Sein administration, as a ploy to appease the international community. Under this so-­‐called ‘amnesty’, outlined in order No. 28/2011, prisoners on death row will have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment and other convicts will receive a one-­‐year deduction off their current prison terms. The current amnesty will have no impact on the vast majority of political prisoners, most of w... Read more ➤

Punishment of Monk Political Prisoner Highlights On-Going Abuse and Repression (2011)

Posted: Friday, May 13th, 2011

13 May 2011 Press release 13 May 2011 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has grave concerns for Ashin Sandar Dika, a monk political prisoner, after learning he has been placed in solitary confinement as a punishment for requesting adequate health care. Ahshin Sandar Dika is currently incarcerated in Insein prison in Rangoon. He was arrested on 11 August 2009 for waiting outside the Insein prison gates during Daw Aung San Su Kyi’s trial. He was taken to the High Court office in Rangoon where he was interrogated and sever... Read more ➤

AAPP Endorses U.S. President Obama’s Appointment of Derek Mitchell as Special Representative for Burma (2011)

Posted: Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Press release 20 April 2011 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners endorses US President Barack Obama’s appointment of Derek Mitchell as the US Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma and urges the US Administration to remain steadfast in its commitment to work for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Burma. “This new appointment is a positive development and indicates the seriousness with which the current US administration is taking its Burma foreign policy. It also comes at a crucial time when t... Read more ➤

AAPP has Grave Concerns for NLD Member Ko Min Aung who has been Denied Urgent Medical Treatment (2011)

Posted: Monday, April 18th, 2011

AAPP has grave concerns for NLD member denied urgent medical treatment Press release 18 April 2011 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has grave concerns for political prisoner, Ko Min Aung, after learning he has been denied urgent medical care for the past 11 months despite suffering from heart disease. Ko Min Aung, Taungup NLD treasurer aged 37, is just three years into a 17 year sentence for his involvement in the 2007 Saffron Revolution. He is currently incarcerated in the remote Kale prison, approximately 756 kilomete... Read more ➤

BOOK LAUNCH: 11th Anniversary of AAPP (2011)

Posted: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

New book launched on the 11th Anniversary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) Information release 23 March 2011 To mark the 11th anniversary of its founding, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), known as AAPP, is launching a new book, titled, A Country of Heroes in the Dark. A Country of Heroes in the Dark, written by Hnin Pan Ein, is a compilation of articles and stories about the lives of current political prisoners. Author Hnin Pan Ein, the wife of a former political prisoner, provides poignan... Read more ➤

AAPP Concerned for the Safety of Political Prisoners Detained with Violent Criminals (2011)

Posted: Monday, February 14th, 2011

Press release 14 February 2011 AAPP has received reports of violence and abuse in room (3), Ward (1), Insein prison. Ko Khaing Kyaw Moe, a member of the All Arakan Student Youth Congress (AASYC), fears for his life after a criminal prisoner violently attacked a prisoner he is friends with. The attack left the prisoner hospitalised. The violent prisoner routinely harasses and bullies Khaing Kyaw Moe, a source reveals, though Khaing Kyaw Moe does nothing to provoke him and never fights back. Ko Khaing Kyaw Moe was arrested, along with ten other y... Read more ➤

AAPP cconcerned About Denial of Family vVsits for Sick Political Prisoners (2011)

Posted: Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Press release 8 February 2011 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) is deeply concerned about the ban on family visits for sick political prisoner Daw Htet Htet Oo Wai. She has been placed in solitary confinement and her family have not been allowed to visit her for three months. Daw Htet Htet Oo Wai, a member of the National League for Democracy Party, is currently serving a 5 year sentence in Putao prison, Kachin State. Her daughter reported: “my mother’s health is not good…she is losing feeling in her left leg. I am... Read more ➤