Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were released from prison on 7 May. They were sentenced to 7 years in prison in September 2018 for their investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya men buried in a mass grave. They were released under a Presidential amnesty, as part of a mass amnesty of thousands of ordinary prisoners.
This is wonderful news for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their families. However, we must not forget that many political prisoners remain in jail. There are at least 130 political prisoners still in jail, some convicted and some awaiting or on trial, and almost 200 more not in jail but awaiting trial. We must keep up the pressure for their release too.
In his statement welcoming the release of the two Reuters journalists, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt made no mention of the need to free all political prisoners in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi has the power to release all political prisoners and repeal the repressive laws that are used to imprison them.
Please email the Foreign Secretary and urge him to work for the release of all political prisoners in Burma.