July 2013 AAPP Monthly Chronology

Month in Review

July saw the release of 73 prisoners. While the release of political prisoners raises hope in the national and the former political prisoners community, these releases should be regarded with caution. This month has seen the arrest of far too many political demonstrators advocating for their basic Human Rights, with 115 activists remaining behind bars. In addition despite the number of political prisoners released, legislation such as section 18 of Peaceful Protesting and Procession Law and section 505 (b) is being broadly utilized to arrest and imprison human rights activists undertaking peaceful protests.

Summary of the current situation

43 are facing trial, 10 were sentenced, and 54 political prisoners were released this month.