09/11/2018

Urgent Action Update: Two Reuters Journalists Sentenced to 7 Years in Jail (Myanmar: UA 4.18)


Two journalists who have been detained for more than seven months in Myanmar have been formally charged in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities. They each face up to 14 years in prison. They must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years in jail on 3 September 2018 after being found guilty of breaching Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act. The politically-motivated verdict is in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities in Rakhine State. Both men are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax, or tweet:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, as they have been imprisoned solely for the peaceful exercise of their human right to freedom of expression, and revoke the convictions against them;
  • Repeal or amend all laws – including the 1923 Official Secrets Act – which criminalize or impose arbitrary or sweeping restrictions on the right to freedom of expression, and bring Myanmar legislation into line with international human rights law and standards;
  • Ensure protection from torture and other ill-treatment and ensure humane conditions of detention pending their release, including medical care.

Contact these two officials by 18 October, 2018:

President
U Win Myint

President’s Office, Office No. 18
Nay Pyi Taw
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Fax: +95 1 652 624
Salutation: Your Excellency

Ambassador H.E Aung Lynn,
Embassy of the Union of Myanmar
2300 S St. NW,

Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202 332 3344 OR 202 332 4350 I Fax: 202 332 4351
Contact form: http://www.mewashingtondc.org/content/contact-us
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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