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Amal Clooney at the Press Behind Bars: Undermining Justice and Democracy Justice event – 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in NY, 28.09.2018

Amal Clooney, who is representing two journalists from Reuters news agency sentenced to hard labor after they uncovered a military massacre, urged Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday to immediately pardon the reporters and reverse a miscarriage of justice.

Amal Clooney, speaking at a press freedom event at the United Nations, sought to link the former iconic status of Suu Kyi as a human rights champion to the request for the release of Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, and Wa Lone, 32.

Amal Clooney said the reporters were arrested in an attempt by Myanmar to keep Reuters from publishing a story on the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya men and boys. She noted that Suu Kyi had once “allowed young people to hope for a free Myanmar that respected the rule of law.”

“She knows that mass murder is not a state secret and that exposing it doesn’t turn a journalist into a spy,” Clooney said of Suu Kyi. “She has said that one political prisoner is one too many, and so we’re hopeful that since these are the principles that she herself has espoused, she will step in and try to correct an injustice in this case.”

She said the reporters’ wives wrote “a really heartfelt letter” to the government about a week ago pleading for a pardon, not because their husbands had done anything wrong, but because it would allow them to be released from prison.

Amal Clooney said Myanmar’s President Win Myint would make the decision to issue a pardon in consultation with Suu Kyi.

In a message to Suu Kyi, Amal Clooney told Reuters: “You fought for so many years to be freed from the same prison where they now sit and now you have the power to actually remedy this injustice today if you wanted to.”

The Myanmar mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay has said the court was independent and followed due process in the case.

The reporters pleaded not guilty and have been detained since December. Kyaw Soe Oo has a three-year-old daughter. Last month, Wa Lone’s wife gave birth to their first child, a girl, whom Clooney said Wa Lone has not yet met.

The reporters had been working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and local Buddhists in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state during an army crackdown that began in August last year. The operation sent nearly 700,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh.

A U.N mandated fact-finding mission said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and called for top generals to be prosecuted. Myanmar rejected the findings.

Suu Kyi said at a forum in Vietnam this month that the case had nothing to do with freedom of expression. She said the reporters had been sentenced for handling official secrets and “were not jailed because they were journalists.”

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres earlier this month called on the Myanmar government to pardon and release the Reuters journalists as soon as possible.

The CPJ said a record 262 journalists were jailed worldwide in 2017, with Turkey, China, and Egypt responsible for imprisoning 134 of those journalists.

Source Reuters


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‘History will judge her on her response,’ Amal Clooney on Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and jailed Reuters reporters


DATE AND TIME

Fri, September 28, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT

LOCATION

United Nations Headquarters

Trusteeship Council (ECOSOC chamber)

New York, NY 10011

United States

DESCRIPTION

Journalists are being imprisoned at record numbers around the world. They are regularly threatened, attacked and killed, which undermines not only their own fundamental human rights, but also the public’s right to receive and impart information. The past two years have seen record numbers of journalists imprisoned for their work yet there has been little pushback and few countries have been held to account for their repressive and regressive practices. Countries undergoing ostensible transitions to democracy are chief among these.

The Committee to Protect Journalists will hold a panel discussion during the U.N. General Assembly to highlight global press freedom challenges, with an emphasis on Myanmar, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Kyrgyzstan as countries where journalists are imprisoned for their work and denied due process. The cases of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are emblematic: they were set up by Myanmar police, falsely arrested, convicted under Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, and sentenced to seven years of hard labor, all in a protracted effort to silence their truthful reporting.

Panel Event from Q&A 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Featuring:

JOEL SIMON, Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists

AMAL CLOONEY, Barrister

STEPHEN J. ADLER, President and Editor-in-Chief of Reuters

This will be the first time that Ms. Clooney, who is representing Reuters and the two reporters, is speaking on the case. Mr. Adler will speak about Reuters’ perspectives on the case and how it impacts Reuters’ global newsroom.

Mr. Simon will discuss the cases of blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah and photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid who are imprisoned in Egypt; photojournalist Shahidul Alam, jailed in Bangladesh; and journalist Azimjon Askarov, who is serving a life sentence in Kyrgyzstan.

#FreeThePress

#FreeWaLoneKyawSoeOo


Style Files

Amal Clooney wore a crepe wool dress by OSCAR DE LA RENTA from the resort collection 2019

Trompe L’oeil Short-Sleeve Popover Sheath Dress

$2,290.00

The dress is available here

With a MICHAEL KORS

Bancroft tote bag

With JIMMY CHOO Imogen pumps

MAXIOR yellow gold earrings

Available here

And a beige coat perhaps by MAX MARA

Amal Clooney wore already similar colors for special human rights events.



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9 thoughts on “Amal Clooney at the Press Behind Bars: Undermining Justice and Democracy Justice event – 73rd session of the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in NY, 28.09.2018

  1. A very important message! Hopefully Amal gets her voice to resonate in the government and officials of Miyanmar.

    As for the style, I have to say I LOOOOOVE, LOOOOVE, LOOOVE this dress; the cut, the style, just exquisite, sophisticated, polished and stylish yet still young and on trend. I don’t know if she has ever worn a dress more to my liking! ❤

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  2. I think Meghan Markle is having a good influence on her. The past few outfits have been very simple and elegant. Let’s hope she starts dressing for her age.

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  3. Fantastic. Amal, please fight for these poor men. It is a shame what is going on in this world. She looks great and the dress is very pretty

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  4. I like that she’s trying to appeal to Aung San Suu Kyi. The journalists should be praised, not imprisoned, for trying to report about the massacre of Rohingya men. Truly horrible and devastating things have happened to the Rohingya, including mass rapes (gang rapes) of women and small children, murders of small children in front of their parents’ eyes. Nothing can ever bring full justice to these people, but at least some justice will help, esp. with regard to preventing a repeat in the future.

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  5. I absolutely love this outfit! I’m glad to see someone speaking up for journalists, especially since there seems to be an assault on first amendment rights in my country.

    I would be remissed if I did not mention that whenever I see Amal in a professional capacity, I wonder, “Do you have to spend lots of money to look professional ?” I’m a professional and am often complimented on what I wear, and I spend a fraction of what I see Amal alledgedly spends. In fact, I’m often attired in clothes that are second hand as retail prices hurt my feelings. I just wonder sometimes is it really necessary to spend exorbitant amounts of money on clothes to be effective in one’s profession or to be at the top of one’s chosen profession.

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    1. I don’t think she buys any clothes, SDR. They are given to her so she can indirectly promote the clothing brands.
      She is not a regular professional anymore, but she is also doing marketing/modeling work, so she needs to be skinny, wear perfect makeup and hair, and make sure the paps will be there. Haven’t you seen this since with her marriage? Remember how she looked when she was part of Assange’s representation ? she was a regular professional then. Now she is a multifaceted and $ business woman :- )

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  6. Nati:
    I have mentioned here previously a human rights case that I have been following closely. It is the case of Judge Neringa Venckiene. She is currently in a US federal jail awaiting extradition. Last week, the Helsinki Commission in Washington held a hearing on her behalf. I have included the link. I know that this topic has nothing to do with Amal, but it definitely has to do with human rights. If you feel it is appropriate to allow my post here, I would appreciate it. I do so to get the word out and ask those who read about Judge Venckiene to contact both their US representatives, the State Dept.and the Lithuanian embassy with the message that the Judge should not be extradited back to Lithuania. After clicking on the link, one needs to select the following to read about this case:
    Politically-Motivated (In)Justice | CSCE

    https://www.csce.gov/international-impact/events/politically-motivated-injustice

    Thank you!!!

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