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May 24, 2017 Amnesty Statement

Posted: Friday, May 26th, 2017

May 26, 2017 Ahead of the second 21 st Panglong Peace Conference, it was announced on May 24 that there has been another mass amnesty, the second amnesty of this year following the release of 1,883 criminal prisoners one day before the beginning of the thingyan festival. The first amnesty of 2017 saw the release of zero political prisoners, whereas the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) are extremely happy to announce that on May 24, there were a total of 80 political prisoners released. The majority of those released faced ... Read more ➤

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Meeting about Prison Reform

Posted: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

On May 22, Chairman of the Bill Committee of the Upper House of Parliament U Zaw Min and member U Aung Thein met with AAPP’s Joint Secretary U Bo Kyi, Rangoon Office’s Incharge U Aung Myo Kyaw and Head of Documentation and Foreign Affairs Ko Zaw Moe at the Upper House of Parliament in Naypyitaw to discuss prison reform. ... Read more ➤

April 2017 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

Summary of the Current Situation: There are 305 individuals oppressed in Burma due to political activities. 99 are currently serving prison sentences, 91 are awaiting trial inside prison, 115 are awaiting trial outside prison. MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 23 people were arrested, 16 farmers, two individuals from ethnic areas, one individual under Section 68(a) of the Telecommunications Law, and 4 individuals under Section 19 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act. In April, seven people were charged, including two individuals for ... Read more ➤

2017 U Win Tin Blue Shirt Day

Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

  U Win Tin Blue Shirt Day 2017   AAPP staff stand in solidarity with U Win Tin on Blue Shirt day calling for the release of all political prisoners. On the occasion of the third anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, 24 organisations are calling for the immediate release of all individuals detained or imprisoned on fabricated, politically motivated charges, and for the establishment of an independent and effective prisoner review mechanism to bring about an end to arbitrary arrests and detentions in Burma/Myanmar. U Win Tin, who se... Read more ➤

March 2017 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

MONTH IN REVIEW EXCERPT:  This month, 420 people were arrested. 320 of these were arrested by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, 91 by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, and two by the Border Guard Force. In March, 80 people were charged, including four people under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, one individual under Section 500 of the Penal Code, and 50 individuals for protesting at the Letpadaung Copper Mine. In March, ten people were sentenced and four people are suffering from bad health in prison. One year i... Read more ➤

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AAPP meets with Bago Regional Parliament MP Members (03/2017)

Posted: Friday, March 24th, 2017

On March 23, 2017, AAPP met with Bago Regional Parliament MP members, and the East Part Ex-political Prisoners Group at 4:00pm in the Chairman’s office in Bago Parliament. They discussed the building of a commemorative monument for those who have sacrificed their lives during in democratic uprisings in Burma.   The Bago Regional Parliament representatives were; Chairman U Khin Maung Yin Vice-Chairman U Kyi Zin, Chairman of Education, Health and Social Committees Dr. Kyaw Kyaw, Head of AAPP’s Rangoon office Ko Aung Myo Kyaw, and AAPP ... Read more ➤

February 2017 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Thursday, March 16th, 2017

MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 92 people were arrested, 90 of whom are from ethnic areas. In January, 42 people were charged, including 36 farmers, and six activists. Two people were sentenced in January. 17 individuals were released, 15 of whom are farmers. Two incarcerated political prisoners are reported to be in bad health.   People from ethnic areas continue to be accused of being associated with ethnic armed groups. On February 7, two Baptist Church officials Naung Lat and Gam Seng from Mong Ko Township, Kachin State, were charged unde... Read more ➤

International Women’s Day (2017)

Posted: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Date . March 8, 2017 International Women’s Day Today, on International Women’s Day, we at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) remember and honor all the brave women who sacrificed their freedom to fight for democracy, equality, and human rights in Burma. Many have risen to greatness in face of unimaginable adversity, and are fantastic examples of the strength and power inherent in the female, political prisoner or not. Democracy can only be truly achieved when equality is reached, when men and women alike hold the sa... Read more ➤

January 2017 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Posted: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

  Summary of the Current Situation: There are 250individuals oppressed in Burma due to political activities,86political prisoners are serving prison sentences, 90 are awaiting trial inside prison, 74 are awaiting trial outside prison. MONTH IN REVIEW This month, 30 people were arrested, 25 of whom are farmers, four from ethnic areas, and one under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law. In January, 36people were charged, including 25 farmers, nine students, and 2 individuals from ethnic minorities. There were no sentences in the mont... Read more ➤

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Excursion Trip to the Hnget Aw San Social Welfare Training School (02/2017)

Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

On February 6, 2017, AAPP Join-Secretary Ko Bo Kyi led a trip to Hnget Aw San Social Welfare Training School in Hnget Aw San village, Kawhmu Township, Yangon Division. This trip occurred following a collaboration agreement between AAPP and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement during a meeting with Minister Dr. Win Mya Aye, and some of his colleagues in early December. The meeting began with the headmaster, assistant headmaster and staff of the school held a reception in the school’s main hall explaining how the program wo... Read more ➤