Amal Clooney calls for jailed reporters in Burma to be pardoned

Amal Clooney has called for immediate pardons in the cases of two reporters jailed in Burma (Ian West/PA) Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Amal Clooney has called for immediate pardons in the cases of two journalists jailed in Burma for reporting on an alleged massacre of Rohingya Muslims.

The human rights lawyer is representing Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, and Wa Lone, 32, journalists from Reuters news agency sentenced to hard labour after uncovering extra-judicial killings.

About 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape a bloody military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Burma.

Clooney, the wife of Hollywood actor George, called on Burmese leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to grant the men pardons.

Speaking on the BBC World Service, she said: “They were the victims of a set-up. They had documents planted on them, the whole trial was a charade. They were investigating and reporting on a massacre of Rohingya men.”

Clooney added the men were “subjected to a show trial” and demanded Ms Suu Kyi to remedy the “egregious injustice”.

Burma’s army has been accused of murder, rape and setting fire to thousands of homes following an attack by Rohingya militants on security outposts in August 2017.

Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt appealed to Ms Suu Kyi to use her influence to ensure the perpetrators of the genocide are brought to justice.