Lt Gen Ko Ko
Minister of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs
Office No. 10
Nay Pyi Taw
Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 67 412 439
I am writing to you because I am very seriously concerned about the health of U Gambira, a Buddhist monk who is being held in solitary confinement in Kale prison. Apparently, as a result of torture in detention, U Gambira suffered various injuries that now affect his health and cause him very severe headaches.
It is with urgency that I call for U Gambira to be admitted to hospital immediately so that he can undergo a full and independent medical examination. He must be treated appropriately for his injuries and given all the necessary medical care that he needs.
U Gambira has committed no act of violence and appears to have been detained solely as a result of his peaceful activism. This makes him a prisoner of conscience, and I call upon you and your government to release him immediately and unconditionally.
May I point out that torture and other forms of ill-treatment are absolutely prohibited under international law. Please ensure that a full and impartial investigation into reports of the torture of U Gambira is carried out promptly, that the results are made public and that those found responsible are brought to justice.
I thank you for taking the necessary action in this matter.
Copies of this letter to:
- U Go Kyin Paung, Warden of Kale Prison, Sagaing Division, Union of Myanmar.
- Ambassade de la République de l‘Union du Myanmar, Paris, France.