AAPP Press Release

A New Year but the Same Injustice: Concerns for Dissidents in the Aftermath of Bombings (2010)

Posted: Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Press Statement 20 April 2010 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) expresses it deepest condolences for those killed and injured in the bombings in Rangoon and in Kachin State during Thingyan (Burmese New Year). AAPP is concerned that the current bombings will lead to an increase in the harassment and arrest of political dissidents, as has occurred in the past. Reportedly, a few people have already been detained after the recent explosions. Following previous bombings, such as those in 2005, 1996 and 1989, political... Read more ➤

AAPP (2010) The Role of Political Prisoners in the National Reconciliation Process

Posted: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS For decades, the people of Burma have been striving for peace, democracy and the full realization of their human rights. Recognizing this goal, political parties like the National League for Democracy (NLD) and ethnic nationality groups have attempted to engage in a process of national reconciliation, but the ruling military regime (known as the State Peace and Development Council, SPDC) has resisted this at every turn. At its heart, ‘national reconciliation’ is resolution of the conflicts brought ab... Read more ➤

International Women’s Day (2010)

Posted: Monday, March 8th, 2010

Press Release 8 March 2010 – International Women’s Day On International Women’s Day, AAPP has released a brief on the women political prisoners. The brief shows that there are women from all across Burma and from various sectors of society, who are imprisoned for their political beliefs. There are women in prison as young as 21 and as old as 68. The brief also describes one woman’s experience during her 11 years in prison which includes difficulties with access to health care. According to AAPP there are presently 177 women political pr... Read more ➤

Demands for Prisoner’s Rights (2010)

Posted: Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Date. 17/02/2010 We, as prisoners, demand the following rights to the authorities from 17 February 2010: 1. To read books including news papers 2. To get proper medical treatment 3. To get better foods for all prisoners 4. To be free to go out of our cell in our compound, except during closing time of the prison 5. To write and have access to paper and pens The reasons we are making these demands are: Reason 1. It takes one week to ten days to get magazines, journals, and books, which come from family members. Sometimes the pages are torn and t... Read more ➤

Burmese-American Citizen Sentenced to Five Years Imprisonment (2010)

Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Breaking News / Information Release 10 February 2010 Dear All Burmese American citizen, Kyaw Zaw Lwin (aka Ko Nyi Nyi Aung), was sentenced to five years imprisonment this morning. He has been sentenced to three years under section 468 of the Penal Code and to one year under Section 24 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act and one year under Section 6(3) of the Residents of Burma Registration Rule. A known political activist, he was arrested on 3 September 2009 by authorities at Rangoon’s international airport shortly after arriving on a flig... Read more ➤

Ko Nyi Nyi Aung Denied Visitation (2010)

Posted: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Date: 27 January 2010 Burmese American citizenship holder Ko Nyi Nyi Aung@ Kyaw Zaw Lwin has had a  family visit banned, by authorities. When his family went to see him on 18 January 2010, jailor Kyaw Min Tun said they were not allowed to see him at that time, but they would be able to see him on 27 January. 27 January is also the day that Ko Nyi Nyi Aung will have his sentence read out in the court. Then on 25 January an American Embassy staff member, who was informed by Burmese authorities, told the family that they will not be allowed to se... Read more ➤