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Aung San Suu Kyi admits Rohingya ‘could have been handled better’

The United Nations has said the treatment of Rohingya in Buddhist-majority Myanmar may amount to genocide a report that Suu Kyi's government has rejected Aung San Suu Kyi: Rohingya crisis 'could have been handled better'
Kenny Thornton | 15 September, 2018, 11:05

A senior Myanmar official has confirmed that the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, will not attend the U.N. General Assembly session this month in NY.

Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the U.N. General Assembly in NY next week, media reported on Wednesday, amid growing calls for Myanmar's security forces to be held accountable for alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims.

Earlier Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, hit back at widespread global concern over the trial, challenging critics to show where there had been a miscarriage of justice and insisting they had been fairly tried "in open court".

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were imprisoned last week as they were found guilty for collecting country's secrets and reporting on end number of atrocities against Rohingyas, a Muslim minority in Buddhist populated Rakhine state.

However, she remains very popular in Myanmar, where many people see the Rohingya as interlopers from Bangladesh.

Her comments were made during the final day of a World Economic Forum conference in Hanoi, which was aimed at promoting economic development in Southeast Asia.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence is among those who have condemned the verdicts against the two Reuters journalists and called for their release.

"If we believe in the rule of law, they have every right to appeal the judgment and to point out why the judgement was wrong".

Myanmar rejected the findings but in Hanoi, Aung San Suu Kyi conceded the "situation" could have been handled better.

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The UN report said there were many other examples of detentions and prosecutions of journalists and their sources, indicating "wider trends of suppression of freedom of expression".

Local media have reported that Suu Kyi will not be attending the NY meeting.

Suu Kyi broke her silence on the issue on Thursday during a discussion at the World Economic Forum, robustly defending the court's decision to jail the duo.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has acknowledged that, with hindsight, her govt can ranking better dealt with the topic in Rakhine narrate that resulted in the compelled displacement of bigger than seven-hundred, 000 Rohingya Muslims.

Her comments drew an indignant response from rights groups who have urged the Nobel laureate to press for a presidential pardon for the reporters.

She said observers saw this trial as a test for Myanmar democracy and that "it is pretty clear that the test has failed".

A United Nations fact-finding panel has called for Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing and several other top generals to be prosecuted for genocide. "It is hard to know where the orders are coming from, whether this is a matter of policy or it is just the standard operating procedure of many of these officials", said Shamdasani.

The senators said they appreciated Pompeo raising the case in August with Myanmar's foreign minister, Kyaw Tin, and calling for their immediate release, but said there should be further action.

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