Amal spoke out at the UN

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney spoke out this week about the Reuters journalists currently imprisoned in Myanmar for covering the Rohingya Muslim massacre.


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Kyaw Soe Oo, 28 and Wa Lone, 32, were both imprisoned for seven years in the country, after reporting on the persecution of Muslims in the country. The most recent massacre in the country has seen the exodus of Rohingya Muslims since 2017, with the majority claiming asylum in Bangladesh. Approximately 700,000 displaced Muslims from Myanmar are currently in Bangladesh.

Amal Clooney Rohingya Muslim journalists

The British-Lebanese lawyer said at an event for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York, that Myanmar Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi “knows that mass murder [in Myanmar] is not a state secret and that exposing it doesn’t turn a journalist into a spy”.  She continued “They should be worrying about whether or not they’re going to win the Pulitzer prize, not whether they can get out of prison any time before 2024.”

Amal Clooney Rohingya Muslim journalists

Power dressing in a stunning red cape dress from Oscar de la Renta,  Amal said “the government can, if it wants to, end it today.” She continued, the Myanmar Prime Minister “holds the key, the key to [the journalists] liberty, the key to reuniting them with their young children, the key to freedom of the press.”

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