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New report by Kachin Women’s Association Thailand: Burmese military strategies fueling Kachin drug crisis

New report by Kachin Women’s Association Thailand: Burmese military strategies fueling Kachin drug crisis Date: 8 October 2014 A new report exposes how anti-insurgency strategies of the Burma Army are fuelling the drug crisis in Kachin areas, particularly since the renewal of conflict against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in 2011. “Silent Offensive” by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand (KWAT) reveals how the Burma Army is allowing its local militia

AAPP-B Monthly Chronology for September 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of September’s end, there are 80 activists incarcerated in Burma, with 130 activists currently awaiting trial for political actions. Section 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act continues to account for a large number of these arrests and incarcerations. The following is an analysis of media coverage and AAPP information received from Burma, focusing on issues regarding political prisoners, as well as

Monthly Chronology of July 2014

Summary of the current Situation Despite President Thein Sein’s promise to release all political prisoners by the end of 2013, many individuals remain behind bars and the government continues to arrest and incarcerate new political prisoners. By the end of July, there were 70 political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with approximately 114 accused activists awaiting trial. Since the beginning of 2014, the number of politically motivated arrests and incarcerations has

Burma: Eight Chin activists convicted; fined

Friday 25 July 2014 INFORMATION RELEASE: for immediate release Burma: Eight Chin activists convicted; fined [Chiang Mai, Thailand] On Wednesday 23 July eight Chin activists – charged under article 18 of “The Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act” with protesting without permission – were convicted in Matupi township court under presiding Judge Aung Mya, and ordered to pay fines of 30,000 kyats each the same day. Ngun Chin

AAPP Monthly Chronology of June 2014

Summary of the current Situation As of June‟s end, there are sixtyfive political prisoners incarcerated in Burma, with 102 activists currently awaiting trial for political actions. Notwithstanding the president‟s commitment to the release of all political prisoners by the end of 2013, the number of political incarcerations has been steadily increasing since the beginning of 2014, with a net average of six new political prisoners sentenced each month. In light

Burma/Myanmar: Drop charges against Chin activists; end impunity for sexual violence

Tuesday 15 July 2014 PRESS RELEASE: for immediate release Burma:Drop charges against Chin activists; end impunity for sexual violence [Chiang Mai, Thailand] The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) today condemned the Government of Burma for pursuing legal proceedings against 8 Chin activists who demonstrated against sexual violence perpetrated by Burma Army soldiers, and failing to deliver justice for Chin victims of sexual violence.  CHRO urged the Burmese authorities to immediately

In Pursuit of Justice: Reflections on the past and hopes for the future of Burma

Media release In Pursuit of Justice: Reflections on the past and hopes for the future of Burma Human Rights Foundation of Monland – Burma (HURFOM) In order for Burma to successfully transition towards genuine democracy and national reconciliation, the Burmese government must address, and act upon, the specific needs expressed by victims of past human rights abuse, says the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) in a report released this

ND-Burma Periodic Report underlines human rights abuses in Burma

ND-Burma Periodic Report underlines human rights abuses in Burma, with focus on land confiscation Media Advisory: ND-Burma Periodic Report underlines human rights abuses in Burma, with focus on land confiscation. The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma (ND-Burma) has released a periodic report documenting the human rights situation in Burma during the period of April 2012– September 2012. The report documents 114 cases of human rights violations (HRVs) committed

Burma: Allow Torture Victim Medical Treatment and Prosecute Security Forces Responsible for Torture

Statement Date: July 13, 2012 Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) calls on the government to allow torture victim La Htaw Brang Shawng immediate access to appropriate medical care, as in line with international standards for detainees. In addition, security forces responsible for the torture of the Kachin villager must be prosecuted in order to send a strong message that the use of torture and related practices will no longer

Gang-rape in church highlights Burma Army impunity for sexual violence in Kachin conflict

Press release by the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand Gang-rape in church highlights Burma Army impunity for sexual violence in Kachin conflict The gang-rape and prolonged torture of a woman in a church near the Kachin-China border town of Pang Wa in early May show the ongoing impunity for sexual violence enjoyed by the Burma Army. On May 1, 2012, a patrol of Burmese troops from two battalions  (Light Infantry Battalion