In Bangladesh's annual address to the U.N. General Assembly, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appealed to the international community to "understand the untenability of the situation" surrounding the refugees from Myanmar, who are fleeing persecution by the military there.
During court proceedings before Judge U Ye Lwin, a police officer testified that the chief of police had ordered that "secret documents" should be planted on the reporters, and they should be charged with possessing them.
Before their arrest, the reporters had been working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys by security forces and Buddhist civilians in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State during an army crackdown that began in August last year.
Amnesty has criticized the failure of Suu Kyi and her government to speak out about military atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims and said they expected Suu Kyi to use her “moral authority to speak out against injustice wherever” she saw it.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale called on Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, during the course of which all matters relating to bilateral cooperation as well as matters pertaining to international and regional matters of common interest, including development in Myanmar's Rakhine state, were discussed.
The UN inquiry's report, released in August, called for the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, impose targeted sanctions and set up an ad hoc tribunal to try suspects or refer them to the International Criminal Court.
An official at the Myanmar Embassy in New Delhi told The Indian Express that the men were detained on arrival in the “illegal migrant case” for verification, and would be allowed to go back to their villages.