A common space for harmonic peacemakers
Time: December 10, 2012 all day
Location: everywhere around the world
Website or Map: https://www.facebook.com/even…
Event Type: support, for, political, prisoners, in, burma
Organized By: Alexandra Rösch, Nora Rowley, Refugee Stories
Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2012
Free U Gambira! Free all political prisoners in Burma. Stop all Burma's Injudicial Arrest and Detention, Torture and conditional release of prisoners!
We ask everyone around the world to light a candle for U Gambira (Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin) all victims of injudicial arrest, detention and torture in Burma. The event wil start on Monday, December 10th, the international Human Rights Day and will be going on in the next weeks.
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 U Gambira and all political prisoners immediately.
U Gambira (Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin) has committed no offenses for which he deserves to be imprisoned.
He continues to suffer from the effects of his four-year incarceration following the 2007 Saffron Revolution, including traumatic brain issues, clinical depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He requires medicine on a regular basis. However, his doctor has refused to provide treatment to him for the past two months. U Gambira has been completely without medical treatment during this time.
U Gambira was arrested and taken to the police station together with his mother, Daw Yay, on Saturday 1 December at 5 p.m. in Hlaing Township, Rangoon. Ashin Gambira had just returned to a friend’s home following a meeting with the British ambassador, Andrew Heyn, and was due to meet a representative of Amnesty International. His mother left the police station later that evening, but U Gambira was taken to the District Police Office, from where he was supposedly transferred to the notorious Insein Prison.
However U Gambira’s brother Ko Aung Kyaw Kyaw tried to visit U Gambira at Insein prison the next day but he was told that U Gambira is not there. The family is now trying to find out about the whereabouts of U Gambira (Ko Nyi Nyi Lwin).
Sources say this latest arrest may be connected to the authorities’ ongoing crackdown on monks and protesters demonstrating against the Letpaduang Copper Mine in Sagaing Division. Protests have recently spread to several cities throughout Burma, as well as Bangkok, Thailand. Friends and family members believe that there is a possibility that the authorities have detained U Gambira out of fear that he would be able to stimulate larger demonstrations. Although he has been urged to take part, he has not been involved in the any recent demonstrations.
A police officer named Myint Kyaw has reported that U Gambira was arrested under Section 448 (action taking place without permission of the authorities), Section 427 (damaging the dignity of the country), and Section 454 (forcibly staying in his former monastery without permission from the government). All three cases are related to earlier situations from which U Gambira had already been arrested and released. All three charges were previously dropped by the authorities following discussions with senior monks in Rangoon. U Gambira was later permitted to stay in his former monastery.
In conjunction with this latest arrest, his family members’ Internet connection has been severely restricted lately. Immediately after the arrest, U Gambira’s brother Ko Akk was unable to use the Internet or his mobile phone for an entire day.
This is the third time that U Gambira has been re-arrested since his conditional release from prison in January 2012. The authorities are also reportedly threatening friends and supporters who have attempted to post bail for U Gambira.