Amal Clooney appeals to Aung San Suu Kyi for reporters' release


On Thursday, the House of Commons unanimously endorsed a Bloc Québécois motion to strip Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen Adler and attorney Amal Clooney participate in the Press Behind Bars: Undermining Justice and Democracy event during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in NY, U.S., September 28, 2018.

"The journalists' families have already submitted a pardon request", Clooney said. "Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went with open minds and left with facts".

Aung San Suu Kyi had argued that the judgment against the reporters dealt with the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and not with freedom of expression. "Without a free press you can not have democracy because you don't know how to judge what your government's doing", she said.

"We will continue to support the Rohingya people through humanitarian assistance, targeted sanctions against Myanmar's generals and by pushing for accountability for those responsible through an appropriate worldwide body", Adam Austen, the press secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. She said the reporters were sentenced for handling official secrets and "were not jailed because they were journalists" at a forum in Vietnam. "History will judge her on her response".

Suu Kyi, once garlanded as a global rights champion, has come under intense pressure to use her moral authority inside Myanmar to press for a presidential pardon for the reporters.

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A U.N mandated fact-finding mission said Myanmar's military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with "genocidal intent" and called for top generals to be prosecuted.

During their arrest, the two reporters had been working on a story about the murder of 10 Rohingya civilians from Inn Din village in northern Rakhine state, and Reuters later produced a gripping account of the killings by soldiers and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist neighbors.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release the Reuters journalists as soon as possible.

Myanmar government minister Kyaw Tint Swe told the General Assembly that his government "resolutely rejected" a decision by the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against the Rohingya. Myanmar has not signed the statute. "And the government can, if it wants to, end it today", she said.

China, a supporter of Myanmar's former ruling junta, has shielded the government in Naypyidaw from sanctions or other action by the UN Security Council. Parliament unanimously agreed with a United Nations report on Myanmar's alleged crimes against humanity.