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UN Special Rapporteur on torture reports on the case of Dr Salai Tun Than

In the addendum to his 2003 report, the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture for the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, reported on the case of Dr Salai Tun Than as follows.

"On 14 February 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent an urgent appeal on behalf of Dr. Slai Tun Than on whose behalf the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and the Chairman-Rapporteur of the Working Group on arbitrary detention intervened on 1 February 2002. He was reportedly arrested on 29 November 2001 and was since then detained incommunicado in an unknown location. He was now believed to be held incommunicado at Insein Prison where it was feared that he was receiving any medical attention for his chronic eye condition delivered through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

"By letter dated 21 March 2002, the Government responded that he had been given a fair trial in accordance with the domestic legislation. On 5 February 2002 he was found guilty and sentenced to seven yearsˇ¦ imprisonment."


(Report No. E/CN.4/2003/68/Add.1, paras 477-8)

Posted on 2003-04-03

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