Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail journalists
Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail journalists
Aung San Suu Kyi: Rohingya crisis 'could have been handled better'
14 September, 2018, 06:05
Instead, two senior Ministers in her government, Kyaw Tint Swe and Kyaw Tin - who in the past defendedMyanmar's former military regime on the global stage - would attend and "explain current developments on repatriation and cooperation with worldwide organisations", the official, permanent secretary Myint Thu, was paraphrased as saying.
Her comments drew an indignant response from rights groups who have urged the Nobel Laureate to press for a presidential pardon for the reporters.
Suu Kyi has fallen from grace in the global community over the violence against the Rohingya over the past year.
The military, which ruled Myanmar for almost 50 years and still shares power with the civilian authorities, kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for more than 15 years before her release in 2010.
Sean Bain, of the International Commission of Jurists, said: "Open courts are created to shed light on the justice process".
"If we believe in the rule of law, they have every right to appeal the judgment and to point out why the judgment was wrong".
Suu Kyi has curtailed her overseas travel as calls for accountability have grown since some 700,000 Rohingya fled the country a year ago, according to United Nations agencies, as security forces launched a brutal response to insurgent attacks in August.
The International Criminal Court has said it has jurisdiction to open an investigation, even though Myanmar is not a member of the tribunal.
Suu Kyi, who has so far bristled at foreign criticism of her country and defended the crackdown against "terrorists" from the Muslim minority, also addressed the army's handling of the crisis.
Mogherini said their reporting matched testimony that she had heard from Rohingya in Bangladesh.
The stateless Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and widely reviled in the Buddhist-majority country.
The Rohingya would stay in refugee camps until they return to Myanmar or are resettled in other countries, Haque said.
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