AAPP Newsletter for December 2018
Human Rights, Documentation of Human Rights Violations, and Transitional Justice Training Held in Mon State and Arakan State
Figure 1 TJ training in Taungup Town in Arakan State
As a part of the series of regular Human Rights, Documentation of Human Rights Violations, and Transitional Justice Training, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) held two long trainings in the month of December. A 12-day training from December 5-16 was organized in Kyaikto Town, Mon State and in Taungup Town in Arakan State.
The 12-day training from December 5-16 in Kyaikto Town was administered by AAPP’s Human Rights Trainer, Ko Saw Than Hlaing, and Human Rights Documentation, and Transitional Justice Trainer, Ko Kyaw Oo. A total of 18 people (4 women and 14 men) participated in the training. Participants included members of National League for Democracy (NLD), Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), National Unity Party (NUP), New Mon State Party (NSMP), Mon Literature and Culture Group, Karen-Mon Disability Group, Hindu Religious Organizations, Civil Society Organization (Kyaikto) and university students. Participants were from Mon, Burmese, Hindu and Muslim backgrounds. Mon State faces arbitrary detention and torture.
The 12-day training on December 5-16 in Taungup Town was administered by AAPP’s Human Rights Trainer, Ma Zun Pun, Human Rights Documentation Trainer and Transitional Justice Trainer Ko Sai Myint Thu. A total of 28 people (12 women and 16 men) participated in the training. Participants are members of National League for Democracy (NLD), students and workers. They are from Arakanese, Burmese, Arakanese-Chin and Chin Ethnic backgrounds. Arakan State faces land disputes, discrimination and bribery.
These trainings served as capacity building measures, aiming to encourage and inform the participants about democratic principles and help them protect their human rights.
Human Rights Responsibility and Accountability Talk at Bago University
Figure 2 Human Rights Responsibility and Accountability Talk at Bago University
On December 10 at Bago University, a human rights responsibility and accountability talk was organized by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), Bago University Teachers Union, and 88 Peace and Society from Bago in honor of the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day. Rector of Bago University, Doctor Daw Aye Aye, delivered an opening speech and AAPP’s secretary U Tate Naing, U Aung Zaw Htwe from Equity Myanmar, and Parliament Representative Daw Kyi Pyar led the talk with Daw Thin Thin Aung as a moderator. Those leading the talk answered questions from students who attended the talk.
ADVOCACY AND LOBBYING
Meeting with Public Affairs Management Committee
On December 12, according to an invitation from the Public Affairs Management Committee of Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House), ten members, including the chairman of the committee and AAPP representatives U Aung Myo Kyaw, Ma Than Than Htay and Ko Wunna Nwe, met at the committee’s meeting hall in Parliament to discuss prison and law reform.
Meeting with Former Political Prisoners and Ambassadors of France and Czech Republic in Myanmar
The commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of breakfast with President Francois Mitterrand, in honor of the Czechoslovak dissidents, and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was held by H.E. Ambassador Christian Lechervy (Ambassador of France to Myanmar) and H.E. Ambassador Jaroslav Doleček (Ambassador of Czech Republic to Myanmar) at Chatrium Hotel Yangon. Eight former political prisoners from Burma, who are working on human rights and democracy in different areas, were invited and attended the event, including Ko Tate Naing (Secretary of AAPP) and Ko Zaw Moe (Deputy of Foreign Affair at AAPP). The Ambassadors and the attendees had a fruitful meeting and discussed the peace process in Burma, the challenges for peace process, the 2008 constitution, existing laws, the human rights situation of Burma, the challenges in improving such situations and the protection of human rights in Burma
Meeting with Chairman of Bago Division Parliament
Figure 5 Meeting with Chairman of Bago Division Parliament
On December 14, Chairman of Bago Division Parliament U Khin Maung Yin and AAPP’s Rangoon Office Chief U Aung Myo Kyaw, AAPP’s Mental Health Assistance Parogram (MHAP) Supervisor Ko Bo Bo Lynn and Counselor Ko Lwin Moe Myint met at the office of the Chairman of Bago Division Parliament to discuss treatments for mental health problems and the need for a better mental health policy. On December 28, we discussed these issues in further detail with parliament representatives in Bago Division Parliament.
Attendance at the Ceremony of the 70th Anniversary of UDHR
Figure 6 70th Anniversary of UDHR
On December 10, AAPP-MHAP Trainer Ko Htin Aung and Counselor U Moe Kyaw attended the ceremony of the 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which was organized by Myanmar Nationals Human Rights Commission (MNHRC).
Attendance at the Ceremony of the 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Days
Figure 7 Daw Hnin Pan Eaing delivering a talk in Human Rights Day
On December 10, Daw Hnin Pan Eain and Daw Aye Thida from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) attended the ceremony of the 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Days, which was organized by Human Rights Prevention and Promotion Group. Daw Hnin Pan Eain delivered a talk at this ceremony.
Donated Money Provided for Political Prisoners
On December 10, a group of former political prisoners from Insein Township went to Insein Prison to provide money donated for political prisoners Ko Moe Yan Naing and Ko Aung Ko Htwe on behalf of AAPP.
AAPP Launch of ‘Prison Overcrowding and The Need for Urgent Reform’ Report
Figure 8 Prison Overcrowding and The Need for Urgent Reform Report Launch
On December 13, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) launched our report titled “Prison Overcrowding and The Need for Urgent Reform” at the Green Hill Hotel in Yangon. Rangoon Division’s Parliament Representatives, former political prisoners, representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs), reporters from different media agencies and interested people attended the ceremony. AAPP Secretary U Tate Naing, Rangoon Office Chief U Aung Myo Kyaw and Officer In-Charge of the Documentation and Research Team/Deputy Foreign Affairs Ko Zaw Moe answered questions of attendees.
Observation of the Drawing of the UDHR
Figure 9 Observation of anniveriasry of UDHR at 32nd street
On December 14, AAPP Secretary U Tate Naing went to 32nd street of Rangoon with Rangoon Region Hluttaw MP for Pabedan Township U Naing Oo, to contribute to observe the drawing of of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Delivered a Talk at the Ceremony of the Human Rights Days in Moebyel
Figure 10 Human Rights Day in Kayah State
On December 10, trainer Wunna Nwe from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), delivered a talk about human rights at the Ceremony of the Human Rights Days which was led by the Alin Thit Social Development Organization (ALT) in Moebyel Town, Kayah State
Interview with Sky Net Up to Date
Figure 11 Sky Net Up to Date Interview Ko Zaw Moe
On December 18, Sky Net Up to Date Program of Sky Net TV Channel came to the office of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) in Rangoon and interviewed Officer In-Charge of the Documentation and Research Team of AAPP Ko Zaw Moe regarding the “Prison Overcrowding and The Need for Urgent Reform” report that was released by AAPP on December 13.
Interview with Channel B Media Group
On December 18, Channel B Media Group interviewed Secretary of the Office of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) U Tate Naing and Central Executive Committee Member of People’s Party Ko Thar Gyi regarding the “Prison Overcrowding and The Need for Urgent Reform” report that was released by AAPP on December 13 .
International Visitors Visited AAPP’s Mae Sot Office
Figure 12 Visitiors visited Mae Sot Office
On December 9, 13 university students from Norway, December 12, two visitors from Germany and December 28, two visitors from Japan visited to AAPP’s Mae Sot Office, Thailand. Ma Moe Pan Phyu from AAPP explained AAPP activities, and the conditions endured by political prisoners and the human rights situation in Burma, our museum exhibits and answered questions.
MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MHAP)
Mental Health Awareness and Self Care Training Provided
Figure 13 Stress Management and Self-Care Training
In December 9 – 13, Kyaw Soe Win, In-charge of MHAP and Chit Ko Linn, supervisor of MHAP travelled to Taunggoke, Arakan State to provide mental health awareness and self-care training to 21 participants of AAPP’s Basic Human Rights, Human Rights Documentation and Transitional Justice training. The participants got more knowledge in mental health, to against stigma on common mental health problems.
In December 11-15, Htin Aung, MHAP Trainer travelled to Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Region to give the Stress management and self-care training to management level staffs of Population Services International (PSI) by the organization’s invitation.
In December 16-18, Htin Aung, MHAP Trainer travelled to Myawaddy, Karen State to give the Stress management and self-care training to medical nurses of Myitta Mon Specialist Clinic in Myawaddy, Karen State by owner’s invitation. 10 nurses, three pharmacy staffs and one receptionist attended the training.
Ceremony of Presentation and Explanation the Report Compiled by MHAP
Figure 14 Report introduced by MHAP (Bago Division Parliament)
On December 28, AAPP-MHAP held a ceremony of presentation and explanation of “Report of Common Mental Health Disorders in Burma and the need for Comprehensive Mental Health Policies” to Bago Division Parliament Representatives in Bago Division Parliament. This report is written by AAPP. Ko Than Htike Win from AAPP was the master of ceremony and Vice Chairman of Bago Division Parliament U Kyi Zin delivered a opening speech and U Bo Bo Lynn from MHAP presented a brief history of AAPP. Then, MHAP Chief U Kyaw Soe Win presented and explained the first part of the report and MHAP Trainer Ko Htin Aung presented and explained the second part of report and U Kyaw Soe Win and Ko Htin Aung answered the questions of the parliament representatives.
In December, a counselor visited the Women’s Development Center in Yangon on every Sunday. One client completed their counseling sessions and one client is continuing their treatment.
Two counselors visited the Women’s Vocational Training Center in Yangon on every Saturday and Sunday. One client completed their counseling sessions and five clients are continuing their treatment.
One supervisor and five counselors visited to Hgnet Aw Sann Youth Training Center (Juvenile prison) on every Monday. In December, 17 clients are receiving their treatment.
In December, three counselors and one supervisor are providing counseling services to seven clients from Training School for the Disabled Adult in Yangon which is under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
In December, AAPP-MHAP Yangon team counselors are also providing CETA mental health counseling services for former political prisoners and their family members, other vulnerable population in Yangon area.
A counselor from Magwe Region is providing CETA mental health counseling services for HIV patients in Nat Mauk and Taung Twin Gyi in Magwe Region.
A counselor from Bago Region is also providing CETA mental health counseling services for former political prisoners, their family members and other vulnerable populations in Bago area.
AAPP-MHAP Mandalay team counselors are also providing CETA mental health counseling services for former political prisoners and their family members, other vulnerable population in Mandalay area.
AAPP-MHAP Mae Sot team provided CETA mental health counseling services for migrant population, the victims of human trafficking, sex workers and victims of civil war in Myanmar. In December, 18 female and 15 male clients are receiving their treatment and three female and two male clients are completed their counseling sessions.
(In December 28, Kyaw Soe Win, In-charge of MHAP, Htin Aung, trainer of MHAP and 7 other MHAP supervisor and counselors travelled to Bago, to make the presentation to the member of Bago Regional Hluttaw on the report of Common Mental Health Disorders in Burma and the need for Comprehensive Mental Health Policies that is written by AAPP. As a result, parliament members asked some questions and gave positive feedback regarding the report. They said that they will work with National Hluttaw regarding the creation of a mental health policy.)
For More Information Contact
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners
Tate Naing Secretary +95(0) 94 28023 828
+66(0) 812878 751
Aung Myo Kyaw Office In-charge + 95(0) 942811 7348
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