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Sen. Young calls for release of Reuters journalists imprisoned in Burma

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U.S. Senators Todd Young, R-Ind., and Jeff Merkley, D-Oreg., members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bipartisan group of 20 other Senators have introduced a new resolution calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

Lone and Soe Oo were recently sentenced to seven years in prison for their work reporting on massacres that Burmese security forces carried out against the Rohingya. The resolution also calls for accountability and safe repatriation of refugees in the wake of Burma’s atrocities against the Rohingya minority.

“The continued detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo only underscores the Burmese military’s efforts to conceal the atrocities they have committed,” Young said in a statement released this week. “I sponsored a similar resolution in the last Congress and I will continue working on this issue until Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are released.”

“In the summer of 2017, the Burmese military began a scorched-earth campaign in Northern Rakhine State that killed thousands of Rohingya and forced over 700,000 to flee to Bangladesh for safety,” the statement said. “In the time since, the Government of Burma has failed to create the conditions that will allow for the safe repatriation of the Rohingya, including extending the right of citizenship to this long-persecuted group. The United Nations and the United States Holocaust Museum have found that the Burmese security forces’ actions constitute genocide, but the United States has not yet made a formal determination.”


Posted 1/31/2019




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