The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) and Former Political Prisoners Society (FPPS) have pledged to provide a certificate of honour and a donation of one million kyat (over US$1,000) to each of the families of some 50 political activists who died in Burmese prisons during the period of military junta rule since 1988.
The AAPP’s joint-secretary Bo Kyi said, as an initial step, the two groups will provide the certificates and compensation awards to some 50 families of known political activists who died in prisons or interrogation centres throughout that era.
“We have nominated the families of 50 political prisoners and so far managed to reach out to about 40 of them,” said Bo Kyi at a press conference at the FPPS office in Rangoon on 24 November. “Our aim is to give recognition to the activists who worked and died for democracy and human rights, and to offer moral support to their loved ones.”
Thet Oo of the FPPS said that anyone who knows of or knew a political activist who died in detention can still nominate them.
“We would like to honour and provide assistance to the families of those who died in prisons and interrogation centres – and we would like to inform them through the media about our initiative so they can come and contact us,” he said.
According to the AAPP, at least 162 activists died in prison or shortly after being released from prison between 1988 and 2013.