Myanmar`s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has commented that the Rohingya issue could be handled in a better way in Rakhine state. She made this comment after a year of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims conducted by the country`s army.
During a one-on-one discussion at the World Economic Forum`s regional meeting on Thursday (September 13th) in Hanoi, Suu Kyi said there are of course ways in which she believes the situation could have been handled in a better way.
However, she still defended the Myanmar army saying that we have to be fair to all sides. The rule of law must be applied to all. We cannot discriminate.
At the meantime, Suu Kyi defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists for publishing news of Rohingya persecution saying that they have been treated fairly.
When there is a storm of criticism against Myanmar all over the world for violating the freedom of media, the Nobel laureate said that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had broken the law and their conviction had nothing to do with freedom of expression at all. The court felt that they violated the country`s privacy law.
Myanmar`s army is accused of conducting crimes against humanity such as mass rape, killings and setting fire to thousands of homes in the aftermath of an August 2017 attack by Rohingya militants on security outposts. To escape the persecution more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since then.