No Political Prisoner Left Behind

Despite the release of high profile political prisoners, hundreds of people could still be in detention or face detention because of their political activities, ethnicity or religion.

The international community must not forget those political prisoners still left behind in Burma’s jails.

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Reports

AAPP report on Political Prisoners February 2014

Summary for February 2014
February continued to see more political activists arrested and charged for attempting to carry out…

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AAPP report on Political Prisoners December 2013

Summary for December 2013
Early December saw the release of 41 political prisoners. The December 30 Presidential Pardon Order…

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AAPP report on political prisoners November 2013

Summary for November 2013
66 political prisoners were released on November 15th. This month also saw the sentencing of…

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AAPP report on political prisoners September 2013

Summary for September 2013
33 incarcerated, 10 released. 232 activists are still facing trial. 3 prisoners are reported as…

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Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law used to arrest and imprison political activists

The use of Section 18 allows continued human rights abuses in Burma.

This briefing by the Assistance Association for Political…

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AAPP report on political prisoners August 2013

Summary
53 are facing trial, 7 were sentenced, and no political prisoners were released this month.
A report…

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AAPP report on political prisoners July 2013

Summary
43 activists were facing trial, 10 were sentenced, and 54 political prisoners were released in July.

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Burma’s Forgotten Political Prisoners

Burma Briefing No. 25

The international community is normalising relations, praising reforms and lifting pressure on Burma despite the fact…

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Extreme Measures: Torture and Ill Treatment in Burma since the 2010 Elections

This report by The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) documents the Government of Burma’s use of torture…

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Political Prisoner Releases in Burma

Updated 10 January 2012

Burma Briefing No. 16

As speculation mounts that the government in Burma is about to release…

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Political Prisoners in Burma – A Crime Against Humanity

Burma Briefing No. 10

In the past two years there has been an increasing trend to look at Burma through…

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Release Over 2200 Political Prisoners Now!

This report, released by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners on behalf of 12 groups working inside Burma, details the…

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Repression to silence dissent

Report by Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)

The widespread and unlawful detention of political activists has a significant impact…

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The Role of political prisoners in the national reconciliation process

Report by The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma).

This report sets out the vitally important role of Burma’s political…

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Burma’s Forgotten Prisoners

A report by Human Rights Watch documenting dozens of prominent political activists, Buddhist monks, labor activists, journalists, and artists arrested…

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SPDC constitution

SPDC constitution which enshrines military rule, giving 25 percent of the seats to the military, and also gives the military…

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The future in the Dark

New report by the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (Burma) and the US Campaign for Burma documents the huge increase…

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Eight Seconds of Silence

A report by AAPP which details the deaths of 127 Burmese Democracy Activists in custody.

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The Darkness We See

A report by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), exposing the true scale of torture in Burma’s prisons.

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The release of hundreds of political prisoners in the past three years has been long overdue and is very welcome. However, it is now clear that despite government claims that all political prisoners have been released, many people remain in jail because of their political activities, ethnicity or religion. The current political prisoner scrutiny committee established by President Thein Sein has not brought an end to the problem of political prisoners in Burma. The promise by President Thein Sein to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013 was not met.

Hundreds of people could still be in detention or face detention because of their political activities, ethnicity or religion.

More than 100 people are on or awaiting trial, for their political activities.

New laws which the government claimed will improve human rights do not meet international human rights standards. The new so-called ‘right to protest’ law is being used to arrest hundreds of activists.

Unknown numbers of ethnic Kachin are in jail under the Unlawful Associations Act.

Hundreds of ethnic Rohingya are in jail for political reasons relating to discrimination targeting them because of their ethnicity, including an estimated 535 Rohingya held for unauthorised marriages.

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One political prisoner is one too many. Burma Campaign UK is determined that Burma’s political prisoners will not be forgotten, and that pressure must be maintained until all of them are free.

Please take action to help these prisoners. This Guide offers tips for letter writing, case studies, addresses to write directly to political prisoners and actions to take to demand international action for the release of political prisoners.

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