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.
Please write to the State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to call for the repeal of the Unlawful Associations Act.
Your email will be sent via the Burmese embassy in London.