AAPP Slide show

AAPP’s Statement regarding the death of well known freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, aka Par Gyi

Posted: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Date, 27 Oct 2014 The death of well known freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing, aka Par Gyi, while in military custody in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, comes as a shocking reminder of how extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detention and torture are still being used against citizens in Burma. Par Gyi worked as a security guard for Aung San Suu Kyi during the 1988 Democratic Movement and was a member of the Tri Color Students Group. He has since been working as a freelance journalist in and around the Thai-Burma border. Par Gyi disappeared afte... Read more ➤


AAPP-B Submission to the UN General Assembly

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

AAPP has submitted a report to the 65th UN General Assembly reminding the Burmese Government of its commitment to signing on to the UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT). The report references a statement by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Thant Kyaw, who earlier this year announced that Burma would indeed be signing the covenant in September of 2014. However, no such action was taken last month. The reports highlights a number of instances of torture that have occurred thus far in 2014, and concludes by urging the international community t... Read more ➤


The meeting with Mr. Espen Skran from the Oslo Centre and AAPP-B

Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The meeting with Mr. Espen Skran from the Oslo Centre and the joint secretary of Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) ( AAPP-B) Ko Bo Kyi, AAPP-B members Ko Saw ThetTun and Ko Zaw Moewas held at AAPP office in Thingangyun Township, Rangoon, Burma, on October 4, 2014.  At the meeting, Ko Bo Kyi explained some topics including (a) how AAPP-B came to Burma, (b) the role of AAPP-B in the Verification Committee for the Release of Remaining Political Prisoners, (c) the condition of remaining political prisoners, (d) land problem a... Read more ➤


Chinese Firm in Burma Drops Kidnapping Charges Against Student Activist

Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

RANGOON — Chinese mining firm Wanbao has dropped charges against 20-year-old Phyu Hnin Htwe, an activist accused of involvement in the kidnapping of two contractors working on the company’s Letpadaung copper mine site in late May. Phyu Hnin Htwe, a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU), was released from police custody in Monywa on Wednesday, where she had been in custody since Sept. 13. The company’s project coordinator, Hla Sein, told the court that the charges were being dropped for the sake of maintaining good ... Read more ➤

AAPP-B Monthly Chronology for September 2014

Posted: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of September’s end, there are 80 activists incarcerated in Burma, with 130 activists currently awaiting trial for political actions. Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act continues to account for a large number of these arrests and incarcerations. The following is an analysis of media coverage and AAPP information received from Burma, focusing on issues regarding political prisoners, as well as developments pertaining to civil rights and freedoms in Burma. MONTH IN REVIEW In Septe... Read more ➤


Rehabilitation of Former Political Prisoner Workshop

Posted: Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Professor Roman David (Lingnan University, Hong Kong) discussed the rehabilitation of former political prisoners from the Czech Republic during a former held at the AAPP(B) Rangoon Offices on September 29, 2014, with the meeting running between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Professor David explained the situation of former political prisoners from the Czech Republic and their rehabilitation programs, and then answered questions from attendees. The meeting was attended by around 40 representatives from 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, Former Politica... Read more ➤


Data Collecting in Shan State

Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

  AAPP-B and Former Political Prisoners Society met with former political prisoners of Taunggyi, Shan State, for the program of Collecting Data of All Former Political Prisoners. The joint group of AAPP-B and FPPS collected the data of former political prisoners in that area on the 10th of September, 2014. ... Read more ➤

Monthly Chronology of August 2014

Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation March, 2014 By the end of August, 84 political prisoners were incarcerated in Burma, while approximately 122 individuals have been charged for politically motivated actions and await trial. The number of political prisoners has continued to rise since the beginning of this year, with the use of Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act accounting for many of the newly incarcerated individuals. Barring any significant political turnaround or change of policy, the number of political prisoner... Read more ➤

AAPP & FPPS Press Release about the Definition of a Political Prisoner

Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and the Former Political Prisoners Society sponsored a joint seminar on August 17th and 18th that sought to establish a working definition of a political prisoner. The seminar received 50 attendees, including representatives from political parties and human right groups, solicitors, former political prisoners and delegates from FIDH and the International Centre for Transitional Justice. The following is the definition that was agreed upon by those in attendance at the seminar. The Definition o... Read more ➤

Monthly Chronology of July 2014

Posted: Friday, August 8th, 2014

Summary of the current Situation Despite President Thein Sein’s promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013, many individuals remain behind bars and the government continues to arrest and incarcerate new political prisoners. By the end of July, there were 70 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with approximately 114 accused activists awaiting trial. Since the beginning of 2014, the number of politically motivated arrests and incarcerations has been steadily increasing, indicating a regression in the democratic progre... Read more ➤