Reuters journalists face 14 years' jail after being formally charged in Burma

A Rohingya refugee child looks from inside a shelter at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar Bangladesh

While the eyes of the world are on Myanmar's northern Rakhine and Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, more than 60,000 Rohingya children remain almost forgotten, trapped in appalling camps in central Rakhine where the shelters teeter on stilts above garbage and excrement, says Unicef.

ARSA did not say where leader Ata Ullah was but Myanmar suspects the insurgents flee into Bangladesh then slip back into Myanmar to launch attacks.

Than Zaw Aung also insisted that the arrests amounted to entrapment by police, who had contacted them for a meeting in Yangon to hand over documents about the situation in northern Rakhine.

Two Reuters journalists were officially charged on Wednesday with obtaining state secrets while reporting on a military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state, an offense that carries a maximum jail term of 14 years. But after the United Nations requested Myanmar to allow officials to enter the country so that accusations of human rights abuse could be investigated, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the country would carry its own investigation, refusing to let the United Nations in. "The Reuters journalists being held in Myanmar should be released immediately", Clinton said in a Twitter post on Monday.

It was a rare admission of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine. "In the interim, they need to be recognised first and foremost as children", she said, stressing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees rights to health, education and opportunities to learn and grow to all children, irrespective of their ethnicity or status or the circumstances in which they find themselves.

"I am trying to be strong in everything. We will also do sticker campaigns every two weeks in public, telling people that their arrest constitutes entrapment".

Reuters' editor-in-chief, Stephen J. Adler, called the move "a wholly unwarranted, blatant attack on press freedom".

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"ARSA has ... no other option but to combat "Burmese state-sponsored terrorism" against the Rohingya population for the goal of defending, salvaging and protecting the Rohingya community", the group said in a statement signed by leader Ata Ullah and posted on Twitter.

"As the villagers and security troops confessed to the killings, they will be prosecuted according to the law", it reads.

"For democracy to succeed and flourish", the embassy said, "journalists must be able to do their jobs".

Rights and media groups have criticized Myanmar's new civilian government led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for continuing to use colonial-era laws to threaten and imprison journalists. "We call for their immediate release", it said in a statement.

"This is clearly an attempt by the authorities to silence investigations into military violations and crimes against Rohingya in Rakhine State, and to scare other journalists away from doing the same".

"There is deep concern and it is very worrying to see that press freedom in Myanmar is really declining", he told Al Jazeera from France's capital, Paris. The Times reports the two Reuters journalists now in custody had been investigating the circumstances surrounding that same grave.

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