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Aung Suu Kyi defends Myanmar court’s decision to jail journalists

15 September, 2018, 10:18 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses participants during the opening session of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN Wednesday Sept. 12 2018 in Hanoi Vietnam. The World Economic Forum has attracted hundreds of participants for the three-day forum wit

They have accused soldiers of mass rape, murder and arson. She refused, however, to criticise the Burmese security forces, whose commanders face calls by the United Nations to be prosecuted for genocide.

Ms Suu Kyi also said her government could in hindsight have handled the Rohingya situation differently.

Last August's crackdown by Myanmar's army pushed hundreds of thousands of Rohingya across the border.

"That is what elected govt is all about", she acknowledged Thursday, in reference to her govt's energy sharing association with the country's armed forces chiefs.The Myanmar narrate councilor informed the WEF President the planned repatriation of heaps of of 1000's of Rohingya turned into on defend except the refugees agree to advance reduction.

"We have to be fair to all sides", Suu Kyi said.

"We organised a central committee for rule of law in the Rakhine".

"We can not go and fetch them from Bangladesh", Ms. Suu Kyi said.

Yet Myanmar does not want its Rohingya, denying them citizenship while the Buddhist-majority public falsely label them "Bengali" interlopers.

The rights office pointed to the "particularly outrageous" and high-profile example of the conviction of Reuters journalists Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, also known as Thet Oo Maung.

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In Hanoi, Suu Kyi questioned whether people were aware of the details of the case against the reporters.

Earlier this month, a Myanmar court sentenced the journalists to seven years in prison.

Their imprisonment has prompted an worldwide outpouring of support, including a call for their release by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

Rep.Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaCongress losing faith in Nobel Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi Sanders finds prime target in Amazon Purpose of Stop BEZOS Act is not to demonize Amazon, says Dem rep MORE (D-Calif.) has called for revoking Suu Kyi's Congressional Gold Medal, Congress's highest civilian honor.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Suu Kyi heads the civilian government in the specially created role of state counsellor, but also serves as minister of foreign affairs.

The Rohingya would stay in refugee camps until they return to Myanmar or are resettled in other countries, Haque said. "They were not jailed because they were journalists" but because "the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act", she said in her first direct comments on the issue.

Suu Kyi called for respect for the rule of law, and said the two reporters were free to appeal the sentence.

During eight months of hearings, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo testified that two policemen they had not met before handed them papers rolled up in a newspaper during a meeting at a Yangon restaurant on December 12. The case has drawn worldwide attention as an example of how democratic reforms in long-isolated Myanmar have stalled under Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian government, which took power in 2016.

"The case has been held in open court and all the hearings have been open to everybody who wished to go and attend them and if anybody feels there has been a miscarraige of justice I would like them to point it out", she said.


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