The European Parliament just called for the release of the Reuters journalists that were sentenced to seven years in prison by the authorities in Myanmar. The Myanmar government, in the person of Aung San Suu Kyi, claim that the conviction has nothing to do with their journalistic efforts and press freedom.
MEP Schaake (D66/ALDE) responds:
“The European Parliament is crystal clear with this urgent human rights resolution: Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo must be released immediately. Journalists need to be able to work freely in Myanmar, not in the least to document the atrocious crimes against the Rohingya population. Their conviction has everything to do with press freedom, even though Aung San Suu Kyi claims the opposite.”
In August, UN investigators found that Myanmar’s top generals must be prosecuted for genocide charges. Schaake thinks that the international community and the EU must follow up immediately.
“Already last year we called for European sanctions against the top generals in Myanmar. Only this summer these sanctions were actually imposed. Within this framework, we have to assess the trade preferences that Myanmar enjoys. These consequences make clear that Europe does not tolerate the violence against the Rohingya. That is why it’s also key that European countries take the lead, to bring the military chiefs before the International Criminal Court.”