Founders and Current Executive Committee

On 23 March 2000, 10 x former political prisoners established the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. The founders of AAPP are;

  • Tate Naing
  • Bo Kyi
  • Thar Nyunt Oo
  • Zaw Tun (aka) Htay Aung
  • Thet Hmu
  • Thet Aung (aka) Aung Lwin Nyein
  • Thet Pai (aka) Aye Thet
  • Tun Win
  • Minn Mone (aka) Aung Htay
  • Min Naing (aka) Zaw Win

Members of the Secretariat
Upon establishing AAPP, members of the secretariat were elected and the following members were the very first members of the secretariat.

       Tate Naing                  Bo Kyi                   Zaw Htun

Tate Naing

Tate Naing was born in Tavoy, Tenasserim Division in southern Burma. In 1987, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Rangoon University. During the 1988 uprising, he joined the Association of Burmese Patriotic Youth (ABPY) and was a member of its Executive Committee. He was arrested in March 1990 for writing and distributing a political journal and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. He was charged under Section 5(j) of the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act, 17/20 of the Printing Act, and a vaguely worded law that is frequently used to silence political dissent. He served this sentence in Insein and Thayet prisons. He and his fellow political prisoners—including monks—were brutally beaten on the journey to Thayet prison in Magwe Division. After his release, he participated in the December 1996 student demonstrations in Rangoon. Following this, he went into hiding for eight months. Tate Naing then left for the Thai-Burma border in September 1997. He is now the Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which he co-founded in March 2000.

Bo Kyi

Bo Kyi was first arrested in 1989 after returning home from a meeting with a student organization and youth democracy group. Following this, he was forced to go into hiding and move his democratic activism underground to evade arrest. He has been arrested twice and was both mentally and physically tortured by Burma’s notorious Military Intelligence. After his second arrest, he fled to the Thai-Burma border to help form AAPP. He has spent over seven years in prison for his work with the underground democracy movement in Burma. It is this tireless work and dedication to democracy and human rights in Burma that has earned Bo Kyi a number of prestigious awards from renowned institutions. He is the recipient of the 2009 Human Rights Watch, Alison des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, and the 2011 Freedom and Human Rights Award from the Swiss-based organization of the same name. He is now the Joint Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which he co-founded in March 2000.

Zaw Tun

Zaw Tun was born in Rangoon and studied Psychology at Rangoon University before becoming involved in the democracy movement. In 1988, he participated in the March and June student demonstrations with the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) while enrolled in first year psychology. In December 1989, he became affiliated with ABFSU (Lower Part) and worked secretly, organizing activities and events within the union. On January 21, 1991, he was arrested by Military Intelligence for his ongoing political activity. In May 1991, he was sentenced to six years with hard labor, and was later transferred from Insein Prison to Thayet Prison in November 1991. In August 1995, he was released from Thayet Prison. Following his release he continued to coordinate student activities as a member of the ABFSU Central Organizing Committee.

In December 1996, Zaw Tun occupied one of the key roles in the student movement for the protection of student’s rights. Due to this, he was followed by Military Intelligence. Eventually, in January 1997, he fled from Burma to the Thai-Burma town of Mae Sot. There, he continued to organize activities inside Burma while working as a member of the Democratic Party for a New Society, based in Mae Sot. In August 1998, he became one of the cofounders of ABFSU’s Foreign Affairs Committee and worked as a coordinator of the committee in the Mae Sot region.

 On March 23, 2000, he was elected as a member of the Executive Committee and members of the secretariat.

Current Executive Members of AAPP

Tate Naing (Secretary)

Tate Naing (Secretary)

 

Tate Naing was born in Tavoy, Tenasserim Division in southern Burma. In 1987, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Rangoon University. During the 1988 uprising, he joined the Association of Burmese Patriotic Youth (ABPY) and was a member of its Executive Committee. He was arrested in March 1990 for writing and distributing a political journal and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. He was charged under Section 5(j) of the 1950 Emergency Provisions Act, 17/20 of the Printing Act, and a vaguely worded law that is frequently used to silence political dissent. He served this sentence in Insein and Thayet prisons. He and his fellow political prisoners—including monks—were brutally beaten on the journey to Thayet prison in Magwe Division. After his release, he participated in the December 1996 student demonstrations in Rangoon. Following this, he went into hiding for eight months. Tate Naing then left for the Thai-Burma border in September 1997. He is now the Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which he co-founded in March 2000.

 

 

Bo Kyi (Joint-Secretary)

Bo Kyi (Joint-Secretary)

 

Bo Kyi was first arrested in 1989 after returning home from a meeting with a student organization and youth democracy group. Following this, he was forced to go into hiding and move his democratic activism underground to evade arrest. He has been arrested twice and was both mentally and physically tortured by Burma’s notorious Military Intelligence. After his second arrest, he fled to the Thai-Burma border to help form AAPP. He has spent over seven years in prison for his work with the underground democracy movement in Burma. It is this tireless work and dedication to democracy and human rights in Burma that has earned Bo Kyi a number of prestigious awards from renowned institutions. He is the recipient of the 2009 Human Rights Watch, Alison des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, and the 2011 Freedom and Human Rights Award from the Swiss-based organization of the same name. He is now the Joint Secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which he co-founded in March 2000.

 

 

Aung Myo Kyaw (In-Charge of the Country Office)

In-Charge of the Country Office

He involved in the 1988 uprising as a student leader in the Yedashe township, Bago region. He was arrested in December 1991 while he was studying in the Yangon Institute of Technology with the reason of actively participated in the demonstration for honoring Daw Aung Sann Su Kyi awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and released in November 1999. In 2002, he was arrested again due to his political activities and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment.

A year after his release, he became a video journalist and formed the Burma VJ network as one of the founders. During the 2007 saffron revolution, he managed to gather video documents and the video footage was published. Later, he fled to the Thai-Burma border in 2008 as military intelligence tried to arrest him. While in Mae Sot, Thailand, he was an operation manager regarding Inside Burma Activities of Burma VJ network until 2012. Burman VJ documentary film was Oscar-nominated in 2010. In 2012, he returned back Burma and continued participated in Human Rights and political activities; such as 25thCommonmoration of 8888 uprising, the 1stworkshop for developing the definition of Political Prisoner, campaign for releasing political prisoners, and so on.

Then, he was appointed as an In-charge of the Country Office in September 2013 at Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), and taking responsibility as a member of the Executive Committee and serving until now. In 2017, he was a member of Burma Delegation to the Czech Republic for studying the Prison system and Judicial System. The delegation led by U Aye Thar Aung who is a deputy speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) and the trip was arranged by AAPP.

Soe Naing (Chief Financial Officer)

Chief Financial Officer

 

Soe Naing was a second-year university student during the ’88 Uprising, he participated in the demonstrations as one of the EC members of Mandalay University Students Boycott Committee (Yadanar Bumi). In 1989, he was arrested for involvement with the underground ABSFU movement. Soe Naing participated in a march and demonstration to demand the release of Daw Aung San Su Kyi by the military government. Due to the demonstration, he was arrested for the second time in December 1991. He was released a year later and received his BSc in Physics. He joined AAPP’s Financial Department as an ‘Accountant’ in 2009 and joined Basic Accounting Course, at Tak Community College, Thailand in 2012-13, and also joined Business Administration, at PAYAP University, Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2013-14. Soe Naing is now the Chief Financial Officer for AAPP.

Kyaw Soe (In-Charge of the Assistance Department)

During the final year at the University of Yangon in 1987-88, he participated in the 8888 uprising and Student/Youth Unity Force. Therefore, he was arrested in 1989 at Mandalay Station by Military Affair for Security (Mawlamyine) and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment under Section 5 (J) of the Emergency Provision Act (1950). He was served in Insein Prison and released in 1992. After release, he continued attending honors class at University. He was arrested again in 2007 on taking part in Saffron Revolution and sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment under section 24/1. He was kept in Insein and Thayet prisons and released in 2010. Since 2010, he has been working for Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and he has been serving as an in-Charge of the Assistance Department since 2013.

Kyaw Zin Min (aka) Zaw Moe (In-Charge of the Documentation and Research)

In-Charge of the Documentation and Research

In 1996 and 1998, He involved in 1966 and 1998 student uprisings while he was a first-year student at Yangon Technological University. He became one of the Executive Committee in Myanmar Student Community in Singapore Polytechnic and organized events, such as social and political activities, and also did advocacy work. Thereafter, He was one of the founders of the Overseas Burmese Patriot (OBP) in Singapore in 2007 and was widely involved in political activities, such as organizing campaigns, political events, and a well-known demonstration against SPDC government that time. In 2008, He came back to Burma to implement Underground Work. He is one of the founders of a group called All Burma Democratic Alliance cooperating with Generation Wave, Monk Union, The Best Manure, ABSFU, Justice, and DFP.

He was arrested on 1stSep 2008 (after 2007 Saffron Revolution) and was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. He spent 4 years and 7 months in prison and was released on 23rd April 2013 on presidential amnesty. After his release, He worked with Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) as a volunteer and was involved in political events, such as Forum for 2008 constitution, Forum for federalism, and Commemoration of 1988 uprising. He joined Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Nov 2013 and is currently working as Executive Committee Member, and also responsible for In-Charge of Documentation and Research Department and Deputy In-Charge of Foreign Affair.

 

In-charge of the  Mental Health  Assistance Program

In-charge of the Mental Health Assistance Program

Kyaw Soe Win was a 2nd year Chemistry student during 1988 uprising and he involved in the student demonstration in Rangoon University. After military coup in 1988, he continued his political activities secretly with other colleagues. In 1992, he and his colleagues tried to against the military regime led National Convention that made basic principal of 2008 constitution. In order to this, he was arrested by military intelligence and sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 1992. He was released in 1998.

He began to work in AAPP in 2010 as a clinical supervisor of mental health assistance project which was collaboration between AAPP and Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Currently, he is an In-charge of the Mental Health Assistance Program at AAPP.