Tonight Ko Bo Kyi, joint secretary of AAPP, will be presented with the Human Rights Watch “Alison Des Forges Award” for Extraordinary Activism at the annual HRW dinner in London. We all enjoyed a brief re-union this afternoon at LSE in London where he gave a speech about Burma’s political prisoners.
Bo Kyi spent more than seven years in Insein prison, many of those spent in solitary confinement. He founded the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) with other former political prisoner colleagues on 23 March 2000, the 11th anniversary of the arrest of 1988 student leader Min Ko Naing. The AAPP is an independent, non-profit organization that monitors the situation regarding political prisoners in Burma, including human rights violations, persecution and intimidation to both current and former political prisoners and their families. Through international lobbying and advocacy as well as reporting and campaigning, since AAPP was founded in 2000, it has been able to provide help to hundreds of political prisoners.
Full details of the award can be found on the Human Rights Watch website.
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