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Burmese American citizen sentenced to five year imprisonment

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE 10 February 2010 Burmese American citizen, Kyaw Zaw Lwin (aka Ko Nyi Nyi Aung), was sentenced to five years imprisonment this morning. He has been sentenced to three years under section 468 of the Penal Code and to one year under Section 24 of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act and one year under Section 6(3) of the Residents of Burma Registration Rule.

 Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2009 Kyaw Zaw Lwin (a.k.a. Nyi Nyi Aung), a political prisoner in Burma’s notorious Insein Prison, is currently on hunger strike.  He is on hunger strike to protest losing prisoners’ rights.

Political Prisoner Ma Ni Mo Hlaing in critical condition

MEDIA STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2009 The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) has learned that Ma Ni Mo Hlaing, who is currently being held in Thayet prison, is suffering from typhoid fever.  She began demonstrating symptoms of fever on October 6, 2009, and her condition has steadily deteriorated since.

Burma: Government impunity for sexual crimes, forced labor and child soldiering

PRESS RELEASE October 8, 2009Burma: Government impunity for sexual crimes, forced labor and child soldieringNEW YORK, Oct. 8, 2009 — The international community should withhold support for Burma’s 2010 elections and not accept the results of the vote unless the government amends the country’s constitution to end impunity for human rights violations, the International Center for Transitional Justice says in a new report.

“Torture is state policy in Burma”

MEDIA STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 28 September 2009 Political Prisoners’ Rights Group: “Torture is state policy in Burma”[Mae Sot, Thailand] The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) today strongly condemned the widespread ongoing use of torture against political detainees in Burma. New testimony from political prisoners released under a general amnesty in Burmalast week underlines the systematic patterns of abuse and torture of political detainees. In an interview

Prisoner releases “cynical ploy to ease international pressure”

UPDATE: MEDIA STATEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 September 2009Burma political prisoners’ rights group: prisoner releases “cynical ploy to ease international pressure”[Mae Sot, Thailand] The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) today confirmed that 127 political prisoners have been released from prisons in Burma. Last Thursday evening in Rangoon, state-run MRTV carried a news bulletin announcing that 7,114 prisoners were to be released “on humanitarian grounds.”

Burma: Surge in Political Prisoners

PRESS RELEASE Planned 2010 Elections Not Credible if Opposition Remains in PrisonHuman Rights Watch, September 16, 2009 (Washington, DC) – Burma’s military government has more than doubled the number of political prisoners in the past two years, including more than a hundred imprisoned in recent months, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. Sentenced to long prison terms for their involvement in peaceful demonstrations in 2007, and for

Noble Aye (aka) Hnin May Aung

INFORMATION RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Female political prisoner punished in Monywa prison14 September 2009 [Mae Sot, Thailand] The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) has learnt that Hnin May Aung aka Nobel Aye (female) has been sent to a punishment cell within Monywa prison, in Burma’s Sagaing division.  At present, she is also suffering from jaundice.  The reason for her punishment is unclear.

Press Release: Total Impact and getting it wrong

PRESS RELEASE NEW REPORTS LINK TOTAL AND CHEVRON TO FORCED LABOR AND KILLINGS IN BURMA, DESPITE FLAWED IMPACT ASSESSMENTSEarthRights International Reveals Burmese Regime Hiding Multi-Billion Dollar Gas Revenues in Two Offshore Banks in Singapore September 10, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand — EarthRights International (ERI) released two reports today linking oil giants Total and Chevron to  forced labor, killings, high-level corruption and authoritarianism in military-ruled Burma (Myanmar). For the first time, ERI