Aung San Suu Kyi admits Rohingya crisis 'could have been handled better'

Visitors flocked to Myanmar after western sanctions were lifted 2012

Visitors flocked to Myanmar after western sanctions were lifted 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's state counselor and de facto national leader, may be having second thoughts about the military's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and the sentencing of two local Reuters reporters to seven years imprisonment for violating a colonial era security law.

Bangladesh has no plans to take in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees permanently, its foreign secretary said on Wednesday, adding that they "belong" to Myanmar from where they fled.

Pence at the beginning of the month tweeted that "Wa Lone & Kyaw Soe Oo shd be commended-not imprisoned-for their work exposing human rights violations & mass killings".

She also rejected criticism from leaders, including Prime Minister Theresa May and U.S. vice president Mike Pence, over the convictions of two Reuters news agency reporters who had been investigating the killings of 10 Rohingya men and boys.

The case has been been widely condemned by worldwide governments including Prime Minister Theresa May and United States vice president Mike Pence.

As a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi's criminal silence saw many bodies withdraw their honors and accolades from her.

But Aung San Suu Kyi declined to criticize what she delicately referred to as "the military aspect" in her talk at the World Economic Forum on Asean.

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

The pair can appeal their sentence, she said, "if they think it is wrong, and point out why they think it wrong".

Myanmar's government also confirmed Thursday that Suu Kyi would not attend the United Nations General Assembly session later this month in NY. He said last week the court was independent and followed due process.

Challenging critics of the verdict - including the United Nations, rights groups who once lionised her and the US Vice President - to "point out" where there has been a miscarriage of justice, Ms Suu Kyi said the case upheld the rule of law.

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were accused of leaking state secrets while reporting on the brutal ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the Rahkine state.

In April, a prosecution witness testified that a senior officer had ordered subordinates to plant secret documents on Wa Lone to "trap" the reporter. She has faced intense global criticism that contrasts with a decadeslong perception of her as a dissident hero resisting military rule.

"This is a disgraceful attempt by Aung San Suu Kyi to defend the indefensible", said Amnesty International's Minar Pimple, describing the leader's comments as "a deluded misrepresentation of the facts".

"There are of course ways in which, with hindsight, the situation could've been handled better", Suu Kyi said at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, according to Reuters. "But we believe that for the sake of long-term stability and security we have to be fair to all sides.We can not choose and pick who should be protected by the rule of law". "We can not choose and pick who should be protected by the rule of law". Myanmar has denied accusations of atrocities made by refugees, saying it conducted a legitimate counterinsurgency operation against militants.