Myanmar political prisoners on hunger strike

Tomás Ojea Quintana

A UN expert on Myanmar has expressed concern on the situation of political prisoners who are on a hunger strike in the country.

Tomás Ojea Quintana, a UN Special Rapporteur, said he is also concerned about the health of Buddhist monk, U Gambira, who needs urgent medical care.

Mr Quintana said he has received reports that 15 prisoners of conscience, who are currently on a hunger strike in Myanmar's Insein prison, are being tortured and denied drinking water.

Eight of the prisoners have reportedly been held in dog cells.

The prisoners began fasting last month to protest their confinement.

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