AAPP Reports

AAPP and PEN Myanmar (2017) Scorecard Assessing Fredom of Expression in Myanmar

Posted: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

AAPP along with 14 other organisations including Myanmar IT for Development Organization, PEN Myanmar, Myanmar Journalists Association, Yangon Journalism School, Burma News International and Article 19—issued an eight-page assessment report on the country’s landscape concerning freedom of expression under one year of NLD government leadership. The group evaluated situations in six particular areas—laws and regulations, media independence and freedom, digital freedom, freedom of assembly, speech and opinion, right to information, and safe... Read more ➤


AAPP (2016) Prison Conditions in Burma and The Potential for Prison Reform

Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2016

Download for “Prison Conditions in Burma and The Potential for Prison Reform” Report   ... Read more ➤

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AAPP and FPPS (2016) “After release I had to restart my life from the beginning” The Experiences of Ex-political Prisoners in Burma and Challenges to Reintegration

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Preface Since the military coup d’état in 1962, Burma has been in the grip of authoritarian rule. The junta has consistently practiced oppression, torture, arbitrary detention, and long-term imprisonment against perceived enemies of the regime. As a result, since 1962, thousands of political prisoners have been incarcerated by successive regimes, from the General Ne Win era (1962-1988), through to SLORC (1990- 1997), SPDC (1997-2011) and even the notionally civilian government led by former president U Thein Sein (2011-2016). AAPP resea... Read more ➤

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AAPP and Burma Partnership (2015) How to Defend the Defenders?

Posted: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

A Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Burma and Appropriate Protection Mechanisms   Testimonies and reports from inside the country have painted a very different picture to the new tolerant and free Burma that the Burma Government wants the world to see. Those who try to defend human rights, or question the power or narrative of the Burma Government — and their military and corporate backers —now seem to be operating in as dangerous an environment as ever. The immediate objective of the report is to provide a comprehe... Read more ➤

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ABSDF (1996) Cries From Insein

Posted: Friday, May 8th, 2015

Cries From Insein by Win Naing Oo Thse articles were published in 1996 by the ABSDF (All Burma Students’ Democratic Front). 1. Read > 1.1 Structure of the Prison 2. Read > 2.1 Prison Instruction Cell 3. Read > Corruption in the Prison 4. Read > Punishment in Prison 5. Read > Legal Procedures in Prison 6. Read > Criminal Prisoners 7. Read > Politicall Prisoners 8. Read > Harrassment of Politicall Prisoner 9. Read > General Issues 10. Read > Conclusion 1.1 Structure of the Prison By Win Naing Oo The prison is l... Read more ➤

AAPP and FPPS (2015) Documentation Project Interim Report

Posted: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Executive Summary To date, government efforts to assist former political prisoners (FPPs) to acclimatize and reintegrate into society have been largely nonexistent in Burma. The effects of this inaction have, and continue to be hugely detrimental for the FPPs, their families, and for transitional justice efforts in the country. This inaction has become even more pressing since the government of Burma began releasing hundreds of political prisoners1 in a wave of amnesties following the 2011 political reforms. There are between 7,000 and 10,000 ... Read more ➤

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ABSDF (1998) Tortured voices

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

To survive, one needs mental power. It can bring not only physical changes but also great achievements. We can say that it controls a Man’s vice and virtue. Without mental power, the ability to survive under harsh conditions can be seriously affected. However, with mental power, Man can overcome all kinds of difficulties. This mental power can have an effect many times stronger than even nuclear power. Thousands of political prisoners have been in prisons in Burma – which has gone from being a developing country to one of the least ... Read more ➤

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ABSDF (1997) Pleading Not Guilty in Insein

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

This report is about human courage and dignity. In face of the most stringent deprivation and under the harshest duress, man can stand up and show that there is still one freedom that can’t be taken away: the freedom to choose how to respond to the situation. The political prisoners of Insein could have chosen to bow to the use of force. Their spirit could have been broken by torture and solitary confinement. But instead, they have chosen to respond with calmness and nobility. Not only have they pleaded not guilty to the trumped up charge... Read more ➤

The darkness we see

AAPP (2005) The Darkness We See

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

There is an increased focus on the conditions for prisoners and others who are kept in detention in the world today and there are good reasons for that. The number of prisoners worldwide is increasing. The bad news is that the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims again and again receives alarming reports describing torture in interrogation centres, places of detention and prisons. The good news is that today we do have the international instruments that are needed to improve the conditions for detainees. There is a total pro... Read more ➤

The future in the dark

AAPP and United States Campaign for Burma (2008) The Future in the Dark

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) and the U.S. Campaign for Burma (USCB), believe that an immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, including Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Tin Oo, is an important and essential indicator to measure the positive development of the national reconciliation and democratization process in Burma (also known as Myanmar). Therefore, the people of Burma, the international community – especially the main bodies of the United Nations – and t... Read more ➤