AAPP Reports

Ten years on

AAPP (2010) 10 Years On

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Moe Aye was born in Mandalay in 1964 and was a student at the Rangoon Institute of Technology throughout the 1988 pro-democracy uprising. During the uprising he joined the All Burma Federation of Student Union (ABFSU). He later joined the youth wing of the National League for Democracy (NLD), becoming in-charge of information in Botahtaung Township. On the morning of August 9, 1988, the army shot at him while he was demonstrating nears the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Rangoon. He was arrested by Military Intelligence on November 7, 1990. Moe Aye was ch... Read more ➤

spirit for survival

AAPP (2001) Spirit for Survival

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 ➤

women political prisoners

AAPP and Burmese Women’s Union (2004) Women political prisoners in Burma

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

For the women who continue to struggle against the dictatorship Women Political Prisoners in Burma is a joint report of the Burmese Women’s Union (BWU) and the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma). In the history of Burmese politics – during the colonial and post-independence eras, under Ne Win’s Burmese Socialist Program Party, and now under the current military regime – there has been no political movement in which women were not involved. Although Burmese society holds that politics is the realm of men, many women b... Read more ➤

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AAPP (2004) A land where Buddhist Monks are Disrobed

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

In Burma, anyone can be detained for being involved in human rights advocacy, democratic activities or peaceful demonstrations. Thus, political activists are not the only stratum of society vulnerable to arrest by the military intelligence, Buddhist monks are also subject to the same fate. It is estimated that there are approximately 300 monks and novices in Burma’s prisons, whereas the number of political prisoners lingers at about 1400 to date. Since the pro-democracy uprising occurred in 1988, the military regime has constantly attempted t... Read more ➤

8 seconds of silence

AAPP (2006) 8 Seconds of Silence

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Nothing is more revealing about the situation of human rights in a country than the existence of political prisoners. They embody the denial of the most basic freedoms essential to humankind, such as freedom of opinion and assembly. Moreover, the very manner in which such persons are treated further reflects upon the level of esteem in which a Government holds its own people. At least 1,156 of Myanmar’s citizens are behind bars, without access to the guarantees of due process, for the exercise of their political rights. The judicial system, f... Read more ➤


AAPP (2010) Silencing Dissent

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

The widespread and unlawful detention of political activists has a significant impact on Burma’s political environment in two main ways. Firstly, most of the prominent activists are removed from public or political life. Almost all of the 88 Generation student movement leadership is in prison preventing them from organising against the elections or educating the people on political issues. Lead members of National League for Democracy party, including democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, are imprisoned, as are lead ethnic politicians who ... Read more ➤

torture un-rule of law

AAPP and Hannah Scott (2011) Toture, Political Prisoners and the Un-Rule of Law

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Despite the fact that torture constitutes one of the most brutal attacks on human dignity, and not withstanding the absolute prohibition of torture under any circumstances, almost no society is immune from torture. In many societies, it is practiced systematically. Burma is one such country. In addition, conditions of detention, in Burma, are appalling and arguably qualify as cruel, inhuman and degrading, amounting to torture. This paper explores the nature of torture in Burma’s interrogation centres and prisons. Evidence suggests the practic... Read more ➤

The ten year fight

AAPP (2010) The Ten Year Fight for Burma’s Political Prisoners

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

During Burma’s successive military regimes, the term political prisoner has been shrouded in controversy. In fact, the current military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) denies their very existence, arguing that there are only criminals in Burma’s prisons. In reality, there are more than 2,000 people behind bars, without access to the guarantees of due process, for exercising their basic civil and political rights. Following the pro-democracy demonstrations of 1988 and the ensuing crackdown, at least three thousand peop... Read more ➤

The Role of Students in 8888

AAPP (2010) The Role of Students in the 8888 People’s Uprising in Burma

Posted: Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Twenty three years ago today, on 8 August 1988, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Burma demanding an end to the suffocating military rule which had isolated and bankrupted the country since 1962. Their united cries for a transition to democracy shook the core of the country, bringing Burma to a crippling halt. Hope radiated throughout the country. Teashop owners replaced their store signs with signs of protest, dock workers left behind jobs to join the swelling crowds, and even some soldiers were reported to have been so mo... 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 ➤