Despite the recent releases of political prisoners, some still remain in jail. For example, a Saffron Revolution leader, U Gambira, is still behind bars and he urgently needs medical attention.
U Gambira was arrested on 19th January 2016 for allegedly crossing the Thailand-Burma border illegally. He is being charged under the Burma Immigration Act, and currently being detained in Obo Prison in Mandalay. The charges are politically motivated because of his previous political activities.
U Gambira was a leader of the 2007 Saffron Revolution and a former political prisoner. He was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to 68 years in prison. He was brutally tortured and mistreated in prison, and has permanent health problems as a result. He was released in 2012.
On 19th January 2016, he was arrested by around 20 police officers at his hotel room in Mandalay. He was charged under the Burma 1947 Immigration Act for illegally crossing the border and entering the country. U Gambira, who now lives in Thailand, travelled to Burma to obtain a new passport, and he was able to cross from Thailand into Burma at an official crossing point without facing any problems.
He is currently being detained in Obo prison while his trial continues. He was refused bail despite the fact that he is suffering from physical and mental illness, which requires him to take regular medication.
We want to make sure that no political prisoners are being left behind in Burma's jails and we still need your help.