The following information has been verified from AAPP sources and through networks inside Burma, and is correct and up to date as of March 2015.  We use every resource available to us to verify information concerning political prisoners, however information is not always readily available inside Burma. As of March 24, 2015, there are 178 political prisoners in Burma’s jail with a further 296 activists awaiting trial.

At this time not all political prisoners are listed below. The list will be continually updated throughout this campaign. If you would like any further information about specific political prisoners, please email campaigns@aappb.org

Peaceful protestors & prominent activists

 

Sein Than is a political activist who has been imprisoned repeatedly for his continued activism. He was most recently arrested in July 2014 for participating in peaceful protests in relation to land grabs in Rangoon, and is serving two years in prison.

 

Naung Naung is an activist and the coordinator for the Movement for Democracy Current Force of Rangoon. He has been arrested on a number of occasions for his political activities, including protesting outside City Hall and publically advocating for the resignation of the current government. He was sentenced in October 2014 to two years and four months in prison, but will only serve two years.

 

Win Bo is a member of the 88 Generation Karen Student Association who was sentenced to four months imprisonment in October 2014, for participating and leading a protest with other residents in Karen State against having their land grabbed by the authorities. According to local farmers, since 1986 the authorities and private companies have grabbed approximately 5,000 acres of land from 11 villages.

 

Zaw Win is a human rights defender and member of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF). He was sentenced on three different counts in June and July 2014, to a total of one and a half years imprisonment for distributing flyers in Rangoon calling on the current government to resign, and for protesting against human rights violations.

 

Ma Cho (F) is an activist and member of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF). She was sentenced to four months in prison in December 2014 for holding a candle light protest calling for the resignation of the current government and for Aung San Suu Kyi to act as a replacement leader.

 

Mhat Gyi is an activist and member of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) and was sentenced to four months in prison in December 2014 for holding a candle light protest calling for the resignation of the current government and for Aung San Suu Kyi to act as a replacement leader in April 2014.

 

Nyunt Swe is an activist who was arrested in February 2014 after participating in a protest calling for the cancellation of the Township Director Committee in Khin Oo Township. He is serving a two year and three month prison sentence.

 

Htin Kyaw is an activist and leader of the Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF), as well as the Myanmar Development Committee working to promote development and democracy in Burma and to redress land claim issues. The human rights defender has been repeatedly arrested and imprisoned for his peaceful protests and continued activism. In May 2014 he was arrested and charged for delivering a speech and distributing leaflets criticizing the government. He is currently serving a 13 year and four month sentence in prison for his political activities.

Journalists

Sithu Soe is a journalist for the Unity Weekly, and was sentenced to 10 years with hard labor in July 2014 along with four other journalists, for “disclosing state secrets”. The Unity Weekly employees were prosecuted under the colonial era 1923 State Secrets Act for publishing an article investigating allegations that a Burmese military facility in central Burma was being used to manufacture chemical weapons. Their sentences have been reduced to seven years on appeal, but all further appeals have been rejected.

 

Lu Maw Naing is a journalist for the Unity Weekly, and was sentenced to 10 years with hard labor in July 2014 along with four other journalists, for “disclosing state secrets”. The Unity Weekly employees were prosecuted under the colonial era 1923 State Secrets Act for publishing an article investigating allegations that a Burmese military facility in central Burma was being used to manufacture chemical weapons. Their sentences have been reduced to seven years on appeal, but all further appeals have been rejected.

 

Yar Zar Oo is a journalist for the Unity Weekly, and was sentenced to 10 years with hard labor in July 2014 along with four other journalists, for “disclosing state secrets”. The Unity Weekly employees were prosecuted under the colonial era 1923 State Secrets Act for publishing an article investigating allegations that a Burmese military facility in central Burma was being used to manufacture chemical weapons. Their sentences have been reduced to seven years on appeal, but all further appeals have been rejected.

 

Paing Thet Kyaw is a journalist for the Unity Weekly, and was sentenced to 10 years with hard labor in July 2014 along with four other journalists, for “disclosing state secrets”. The Unity Weekly employees were prosecuted under the colonial era 1923 State Secrets Act for publishing an article investigating allegations that a Burmese military facility in central Burma was being used to manufacture chemical weapons. Their sentences have been reduced to seven years on appeal, but all further appeals have been rejected.

 

Tint San is the CEO of the Unity Weekly, and was sentenced to 10 years with hard labor in July 2014 along with four other journalists, for “disclosing state secrets”. The Unity Weekly employees were prosecuted under the colonial era 1923 State Secrets Act for publishing an article investigating allegations that a Burmese military facility in central Burma was being used to manufacture chemical weapons. Their sentences have been reduced to seven years on appeal, but all further appeals have been rejected.

 

Min Wathan is a journalist for the Bi-Mon Te Nay Journal. He was arrested in July 2014, along with several colleagues after running an article that incorrectly stated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of several ethnic groups had come together to form an interim government. The journal was shut down after their arrest and the staff were charged for making false statements likely to “alarm the public”. They were sentenced in October 2014 to two years in prison.

 

Aung Thant is a journalist and editor for the Bi-Mon Te Nay Journal. He was arrested in July 2014, along with several colleagues after running an article that incorrectly stated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of several ethnic groups had come together to form an interim government. The journal was shut down after their arrest and the staff were charged for making false statements likely to “alarm the public”. They were sentenced in October 2014 to two years in prison.

 

Win Tin is a journalist and editor for the Bi-Mon Te Nay Journal. He was arrested in July 2014, along with several colleagues after running an article that incorrectly stated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of several ethnic groups had come together to form an interim government. The journal was shut down after their arrest and the staff were charged for making false statements likely to “alarm the public”. They were sentenced in October 2014 to two years in prison.

 

Yin Min Tun is the joint-owner of the Bi-Mon Te Nay Journal. He was arrested in July 2014, along with several colleagues after running an article that incorrectly stated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of several ethnic groups had come together to form an interim government. The journal was shut down after their arrest and the staff were charged for making false statements likely to “alarm the public”. They were sentenced in October 2014 to two years in prison.

 

Kyaw Min Khaing is the joint-owner of the Bi-Mon Te Nay Journal. He was arrested in July 2014, along with several colleagues after running an article that incorrectly stated that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of several ethnic groups had come together to form an interim government. The journal was shut down after their arrest and the staff were charged for making false statements likely to “alarm the public”. They were sentenced in October 2014 to two years in prison.

Land Rights Activists

  

Aung Soe is an activist and member of Yangon People’s Support Network, which promotes civil rights in Burma. The human rights defender has been repeatedly arrested and imprisoned for his continued activism. He was sentenced in August 2014 for his involvement in protests in Mandalay against land grabbing to three years and 6 months in prison. In December 2014 he was handed an additional sentence of two years and six months.

 

Tun Tun Oo is a human rights and environmental activist who was imprisoned without a fair trial for violating Burma’s controversial protest law after planting mangrove trees in an environmentally devastated area, along with a group of concerned residents. The local authorities had given the group permission to plant the trees. He was convicted in September 2014 and is currently serving a six-month sentence.

 

Zaw Win was arrested after participating in a plough protest attended by over 100 farmers in Mandalay on land that had been confiscated by the government. The farmers had been trying to negotiate with the authorities for their land since 1986, when over 600 acres were confiscated. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment in October 2014, and an additional one years imprisonment in December 2014.

 

Nay Win was arrested after participating in a plough protest attended by over 100 farmers in Mandalay on land that had been confiscated by the government. The farmers had been trying to negotiate with the authorities for their land since 1986, when over 600 acres were confiscated. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment in October 2014, and an additional one years imprisonment in December 2014.

 

Ye Yint Aung was arrested after participating in a plough protest attended by over 100 farmers in Mandalay on land that had been confiscated by the government. The farmers had been trying to negotiate with the authorities for their land since 1986, when over 600 acres were confiscated. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment in October 2014, and an additional one years imprisonment in December 2014.

 

Ko Aung was arrested after participating in a plough protest attended by over 100 farmers in Mandalay on land that had been confiscated by the government. The farmers had been trying to negotiate with the authorities for their land since 1986, when over 600 acres were confiscated. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment in October 2014, and an additional one years imprisonment in December 2014.

Other Political Prisoners

Ye Myint (F) was arrested in March 2014 for protesting along with other miners after they were ordered to evacuate the site where they worked, resulting in unemployment for more than 40 gold miners and their family members. She was sentenced on multiple charges in May 2014 to a total of three years and four months.

 

Myo Tint was arrested in May 2014 for protesting along with other miners after they were ordered to evacuate the site where they worked, resulting in unemployment for more than 40 gold miners and their family members. He was sentenced on multiple charges in May 2014 to a total of three years and four months.

 

Ma Htwe (F) was arrested in May 2014 for protesting along with other miners after they were ordered to evacuate the site where they worked, resulting in unemployment for more than 40 gold miners and their family members. She was sentenced on multiple charges in May 2014 to a total of one year and six months.
Win Aung was arrested in March 2014 for protesting along with other miners after they were ordered to evacuate the site where they worked, resulting in unemployment for more than 40 gold miners and their family members. He is currently serving a total of two years and nine months in prison.

 

Boe Boe Aung was arrested in March 2014 for protesting along with other miners after they were ordered to evacuate the site where they worked, resulting in unemployment for more than 40 gold miners and their family members. He is currently serving a total of one year and ten months in prison.

 

Aung San Linn was arrested in March 2014 for protesting along with other miners after they were ordered to evacuate the site where they worked, resulting in unemployment for more than 40 gold miners and their family members. He is currently serving a total of one year and nine months in prison.

 

Chit Ko is a former pilot in the Air Force who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2012 for sending an email to the International Labour Organization, asking how they could assist him to leave his unit. He was given granted a 900-day remission in early 2014, but still has to serve the rest of his sentence.

 

Laphai Gam is a Kachin farmer who was arrested in June 2012. Initially he was not given any reason for his arrest but later he was accused of being a Kachin Independence Army (KIA) soldier. The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization, which works for democracy and increased autonomy for the Kachin people. After denying the accusation, he was brutally tortured and forced to make a false confession about his connection with KIA and different bombings in the area. He is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence. In November 2013, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determined that his detention was arbitrary and urged the government to immediately release him.

Dr. Than Htike Oo is the Chairman of the People’s Democracy Party (PDP) is currently serving a four-year prison sentence. He was arrested in October 2012 in Kachin State along with three other PDP members for publishing a party bulletin accusing Kachin Chief Minister La John Ngan Hsai and his officials of corruption. He was sentenced in April 2014 and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence.

 

Thet Wai is an ex-political prisoner and former National League for Democracy chairman who has been repeatedly arrested and imprisoned for his continued activism. He was arrested for documenting a property dispute incident whereby villagers removed temporary dams built by a fisherman operating an illegal fishery in Kyaunggon Township. The fisherman sued 39 people for damaging his property in September 2012. Despite merely documenting the incident, Thet Wai was sentenced to six months in prison in November 2014. In March 2014 he was diagnosed with gastrointestinal tuberculosis, but according to his family he has been denied medical treatment in prison.

 

Shwe Ko Oo was arrested for documenting a property dispute incident whereby villagers removed temporary dams built by a fisherman operating an illegal fishery in Kyaunggon Township. The fisherman sued 39 people for damaging his property in September 2012. Despite merely documenting the incident, he was sentenced to six months in prison in November 2014.

 

Sai Tin Min Tun is a Kachin man who was arrested for his association with the Vigorous Burmese Student Warriors, an armed resistance group opposed to the government of Burma. He was sentenced to 27 years in September 2012 under multiple charges including the Explosives Act, the Immigration Act, the Unlawful Association Act and Section 43 of the Defence Services Rules.

Kyaw Swar Win is an army officer who was arrested in April 2014 for signing a petition circulated by the National League for Democracy in favor of amending Burma’s Constitution. He was sentenced in December 2014 to two years in prison.

Saw War Lay is accused of contacting colonel Moe Kyo from the Karen National Union (KNU), a political opposition group. He was sentenced under multiple charges in April 2006 and is currently serving 123 years in prison.

Saw Yar Ko is accused of being in contact with Saw Nar, coordinator of the Karen National Union, a political opposition group. He was sentenced under multiple charges in October 2009 to 56 years in prison. His sentence has now been reduced to 30 years.

 

Nay Lin Dwe was a captain in the Air Force who was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison in March 2012 for posting articles on a website about the plight of military servicemen.

 

Min Thein Tun was arrested for leaking information he had found on the internet about the Air Force to non-Air Force personnel, whilst he was employed as an official at the airlines maintenance headquarters. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in February 2012.

 

Thura Kyaw was arrested in connection with leaked information of a trip to North Korea by a high-ranking military official in 2008 to newspaper agencies based abroad. He was sentenced to death in January 2010. This sentence was commuted to life imprisonment (20 years) in 2012.

 

Nyar Na is a Buddhist monk who was arrested in January 2010 for establishing a sect of Buddhism that did not adhere to the official doctrine of the head Buddhist body, which is controlled by the government. He was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison.

 

Tin Maung Kyi is the deputy director of the Myanmar Democratic Current Force (MDCF). He was arrested in May 2014 after distributing flyers that criticized local government in several townships. He has been sentenced to a total of 22 months in prison.

 

Mali Tan is a Kachin village leader who was arrested for association with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization, which works for democracy and increased autonomy for the Kachin people. After denying the accusations, he was tortured whilst in detention. He was sentenced in June 2014 to 22 years in prison despite the overwhelming evidence attesting his innocence.

Aung Kyaw Lin is a former military officer who leaked details of a trip to North Korea by a high-ranking military official in 2008 to newspaper agencies based abroad. He was sentenced to death in January 2010. This sentence was ater commuted to life imprisonment (20 years).

 

Win Naing Kyaw is a former military officer who leaked details of a trip to North Korea by a high-ranking military official in 2008 to newspaper agencies based abroad. He was arrested in July 2009 and allegedly tortured for days. He was sentenced to death in January 2010. This sentence was commuted to life imprisonment (20 years) in 2012.

 

Bran Yong was arrested in June 2012 and accused of involvement with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). The KIA is the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organization, which works for democracy and increased autonomy for the Kachin people. After denying the accusation, he was brutally tortured and gave a confession extracted through torture about his connection with KIA and different bombings in the area. He is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence.

 

Saw Mae Do was arrested for planting a bomb and having contact with the Karen National Union, a political opposition group. He was sentenced in 2009 to 56 years in prison but this was reduced to 30 years in 2012.

 

Aung Ko Lat was accused of being affiliated with the Karen National Union (KNU), a political opposition group. He was sentenced under multiple charges in March 2012 to 13 years in prison.

 

Min Min Tun was arrested for desertion from the army, going to Thailand and meeting with Colonel Wai Lin Zin from the resistance group All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF) and attempting to retrieve explosives. He was sentenced in October 2010 with the death penalty, which was then reduced to life imprisonment.

 

Than Ko Oo is a former soldier who was arrested for fleeing the Burmese Army. He then escaped from police custody and made contact with an armed resistance group opposed to the government – the All Burma Student Democratic Front (ABSDF). He subsequently planted a bomb at an office of the Union Solidarity and Development Party and was arrested in May 2012 and sentenced to 101 years in prison for his association with ABSDF, for planting a bomb and for deserting the army.

Myint Soe, a leader of the military faction of the All Burma Student’s Democratic Front (ABSDF), was arrested as a member of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) in 2006. He has been accused of acts of violence against many people he alleged to be students spying for the government. His imprisonment is based around his political actions and his position with ABSDF and RCSS/SCA. He was sentenced under multiple charges, including treason and violence against the government, and is serving a life sentence.

 

Zaw Min Than was a member of the Burmese Vigorous Student Warriors and associated with the All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress, a non-violent political opposition group. He accidentally detonated a bomb in February 2011 near a shopping store and was seriously injured by the blast. He is currently serving a life sentence (20 years).

 

 

*(F) denotes female political prisoners