International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney speaks during a conference called “Press Behind the Bars: the Undermining of Justice and Democracy in the 73rd session of the un General Assembly, at U. N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, that is, that two journalists from the Reuters news agency was sentenced to hard labor after they discovered a military massacre, has urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to be immediately forgiven, the reporters and the back of a miscarriage of justice.
Clooney, speaking at a press freedom event at the United Nations on Friday sought to link the former iconic status of Suu Kyi as a human rights champion and nobel Peace laureate to the request for the release of Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, and Wa Lone, 32.
Clooney said the journalists were arrested in an attempt by Myanmar to keep Reuters from publishing a story on the extrajudicial executions of 10 Rohingya men and boys.
She noticed Suu Kyi had once “allowed young people to hope for a free Myanmar for the respect of the rule of law.”
Clooney speaks to the General Assembly of the UN on Friday, September 28.
“They know that mass murder is not a state secret and that the exposure of the not to a journalist who is a spy,” Clooney, wife of Hollywood actor George, said of Suu Kyi.
“She has said that a political prisoner is one too many and so we hope that since these are the principles that she herself has used, she will step in and try to correct an injustice in this case.”
Around 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh in the midst of a brutal military campaign in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
Myanmar army accused of mass rape, murder and setting fire to thousands of homes in the aftermath of an August 2017 attack by Rohingya militants on security outposts.
Suu Kyi has rejected criticism of the show-trial conviction, earlier this month.
“The case is held in the open court,” Suu Kyi said. “If someone feels that there is a miscarriage of justice, I would like to point out.”