Lt Gen Ko Ko Minister of Home Affairs

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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


Dear Minister,

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.

Yours respectfully,

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.

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