Unlawful Associations Act

The Unlawful Associations Act is used by the Burmese authorities to intimidate and arrest political activists. It is also most commonly used against members of ethnic minorities in Burma. Many political prisoners who were arrested during the period of direct military rule were charged under this act. Section 17/1 is the most commonly used section of this act.

The Unlawful Associations Act is a serious threat to freedom of association and human rights in the country, and the law should be abolished.

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More information on Burma’s repressive laws is available here.