More than 100 activists still faced trials at the end of October 2016, according to a report released on November 18 by Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
About 108 are facing charges for involvement in politics and 24 are facing prison time. There are 98 political prisoners in various prisons in Myanmar. The prisoners are being charged under the telecommunications law 66(d) and criminal laws historically used against political and workers’ rights activists. According to AAPP, peaceful protests are still being punished under the new administration.
Recent arrests cited by the AAPP include: NLD member from Monywa Township on October 13 and the leader of Movement for Democracy Current Force (MDCF) both arrested under the telecommunications law 66(d), activist Htin Kyaw charged under criminal law 505 (a) on October 26, and 15 activists from the Sagaing’s workers rights movement charged under the illegal gathering act on October 24.
“There are still political prisoners and some are facing trials. There have been improvements on human rights, but there are still weaknesses,” said Tate Naing secretary of AAPP.