Rohingya Crisis: Suu Kyi Breaks Silence Over Criticism
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that, in hindsight, her government could have handled the situation differently in Rakhine state that led to the displacement of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims after the army launched a brutal crackdown in response to attacks by a Rohingya militant group.
At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Vietnam Thursday, Suu Kyi said her government had tried to ensure "development and rule of law" in her country, report the BBC and CNN.
"There are of course ways in which we, with hindsight, might think that the situation could have been handled better," she said to Borge Brende, WEF President.
"But we believe that for the sake of long-term stability and security we have to be fair to all sides. The rule of law must apply to everybody. We cannot choose and pick whom should be protected by rule of law," she said.
She also defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists, despite international condemnation.
She said that the journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, had broken the law and that their conviction had "nothing to do with freedom of expression at all."
The plight of the two journalists has attracted global attention, with US Vice President Mike Pence calling on the Myanmar government to free them, saying that instead of being imprisoned they should be "commended."
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