State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)
Senior General Than Shwe
c/o Ministry of Defence
Union of Myanmar
I wish to express my concern at reports that hundreds of monks and other peaceful protesters, including well-known comedian Zargana and Member of Parliament Paik Ko have been detained, during the peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar.
I would like to state that these people are exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, and therefore should be released immediately and unconditionally, unless they are to be charged with recognizably criminal offences
I call on the authorities to ensure that, while they remain in custody, all the detainees are held only in official places of detention, and are given immediate access to lawyers, their families and any medical treatment they may require.
I also call on the authorities to ensure that the detainees are not subjected to torture or any other ill treatment
Lastly, I would like to ask the authorities to ensure that all people in Myanmar are able to peacefully exercise the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly without fear of harassment, intimidation or arbitrary detention, in line with international human rights standards.