Summary for February 2014
February continued to see more political activists arrested and charged for attempting to carry out peaceful protest. Since the start of the month 8 new political activists were arrested, with 5 people being sentenced under Article 18. Article 18 is still proving to be a commonly used law to arrest and detain activists, despite the presidential amnesty for people charged under his law at the end of the year. Since the start of 2014, 12 new activists have been sentenced, on top of the 30 activists who remained in prison at the end of 2013.
Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma)