Thursday, 10 November 2011

Light a candle for Ashin Gambira

We ask everyone around the world to light a candle for Ashin Gambira. Meet with friends, light a candle at home and upload a photo of the candle to this page to show your support for the call to free Ashin Gambira and all political prisoners now.

Ashin Gambira is a Buddhist monk from Burma who has been sentenced to 63 years in prison for his role in organizing the peaceful protest known as the Saffron Revolution in Burma in 200...


Ashin Gambira has committed no offenses for which he deserves to be imprisoned.

U Gambira is held in solitary confinement in Kale prison, northern Myanmar. Some former prisoners who were able to visit him reported that he has difficulty speaking, and that he has scars and marks on his hands, arms and body. In addition, U Gambira is reported to suffer from very severe headaches several times a week, which cause him to cry out in pain. When this happens, prison guards administer an injection, which results in U Gambira falling asleep for about five hours. When he wakes up he is in a daze and finds it very difficult to speak. There is concern that U Gambira is being injected with drugs rather than being treated for his injuries. He is not thought to have received any appropriate treatment since he was tortured.

Ashin Gambira needs urgent medical treatment. He needs to be released from prison immediately and brought to a hospital near to his family.

Please also join this Amnesty International action: write immediately in English or your own language:

Calling for U Gambira to be admitted to hospital immediately for a full and independent medical examination, and for him to be given all necessary medical treatment;

Calling for U Gambira to be released immediately and unconditionally, as he is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely as a result of his peaceful activism;

Urging the authorities to conduct a full and impartial investigation into the reports that U Gambira was tortured, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice;

Note that torture and other forms of ill-treatment are absolutely prohibited under international law.


Minister of Home Affairs
Lt Gen Ko Ko
Ministry of Home Affairs
Office No. 10
Nay Pyi Taw
Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 67 412 439
Salutation: Dear Minister

U Win Mya
Myanmar National Human Rights Commission
Office No. 10, Nay Pyi Taw
Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 67 412 439
Salutation: Dear Chairman

And copies to:
Warden of Kale Prison
U Go Kyin Paung
Kale Prison
Sagaing Division
Union of Myanmar
Salutation: Dear Warden

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Thank you all for your effort!

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