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UN experts urge Myanmar to release detained reporters

IANS  |  Geneva 

Two independent UN human rights experts on Thursday called on to release two reporters who were arrested while investigating the killing of and to drop the charges against them.

Special rapporteurs on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, and on human rights in Yanghee Lee, reacted in a statement to a Wednesday decision by a court to reject the dismissal of the case against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

"We urge the prosecution to drop the charges against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and we urge the government to release both journalists immediately," the experts were cited as saying by news.

The two reporters were detained in on December 12 soon after meeting two policemen who allegedly handed them some documents. They were accused of violating the Secrets Act, which can bring sentences of up to 14 years in prison.

The reporters were investigating a massacre of Rohingyas at Inn Din village in the western state of

On Tuesday, seven soldiers were sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labour in a remote area for participating in the killings.

"The perpetrators of a massacre that was, in part, the subject of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's reporting have been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment. And yet these two reporters face a possible 14 years imprisonment," the experts said.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 17:46 IST
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