United States Mission To The United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
February 9, 2018
Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remain imprisoned by the Burmese government for pursuing a story about previously unreported mass graves in Rakhine State. Independent reporting like theirs highlights the urgent need for Burmese authorities to cooperate with an independent and credible investigation into any allegations of atrocities in Rakhine.
“A free press is one of the foundations of democracy and human rights. Journalists must never be arrested for doing their jobs. We call on the Burmese authorities to free these reporters and cooperate fully with an independent investigation into the atrocities taking place in their country,” said Ambassador Haley.