International desk- Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said her government would have handled the last year’s Rohingya situation better.
“There are of course ways in which with hindsight I think the situation could have been handled better,” Suu Kyi said to a question during a discussion at the World Economic Forum’s regional meeting in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.
She defended Myanmar security forces, saying that all groups in western Rakhine state had to be protected.
More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar military launched a brutal crackdown in northern Rakhine state after suspected insurgents attacked security posts.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate had been under intense pressure to comment on both the Rohingya crisis and more recently jailing of two journalists over state secrets act.
She defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists – Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – despite international condemnation.
She said they had broken the law and their conviction had “nothing to do with freedom of expression at all”.
A UN rights body, this week, accused Myanmar of “waging a campaign against journalists”.
In a speech, she said the case upheld the rule of law and suggested that many critics had not actually read the verdict.
The two had “every right to appeal the judgement and to point out why the judgement was wrong”, she said.
The 73-year-old former activist, who spent more than a decade under house arrest during the military junta period, was once seen as a global human rights icon.
But her perceived failure to stop the rape and killing of Rohingyas has sullied her international reputation and several honours have been withdrawn.