Thu 10 Oct 2013
Filed under: Human Rights,Inside Burma,News
Upon their release from jails around the country, Myanmar’s political prisoners will now be offered the chance to participate in career development programs and will receive assistance in searching for jobs. This reacclimatization project, focused in Yangon and Mandalay, is spearheaded by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners– Burma (AAPP-B).
Those previously incarcerated for political crimes will be able to enroll in English and graphic design classes as well as computer, driving, mental consulting, video editingand mobile servicing training programs. Once they complete these courses they will receive guidance in finding a job.
The AAPP-B noted that there were approximately 100 attendants atvarious training programs in Yangon and around 30 participants in a basic computer course in Mandalay.
“The AAPP-B covered the training fees and also the car fares [for this course],” said U Sein Aye, a former political prisoner who is enrolled in a sponsored driving training course. “They will support me until I get my license.”
Additionally, AAPP-B secretary Ko Bo Kyi said the AAPP-B will also provide medical assistance.
“We send financial support to [former detainees] who are over sixty years old and to those who are facing emergency [medical] situations. We also provide recently released prisoners with medical check-ups, if they need them,” he said.
The U Win Tin Foundation, National League for Democracy (NLD), Former Political Prisoner Society (FPPS) and 88-Generation Peace and Open Society have contributed their support to the efforts.