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.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses participants during the opening session of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN on September 12, 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam. "But we believe that for the sake of long-term stability and security we have to be fair to all sides ..."
Once a vocal and valiant proponent of freedom of speech, Aung San Suu Kyi did not have much to say while the case was on trial, even as worldwide governments and the media panned it as an attack on free speech and a huge step backward for democracy in Myanmar. "We can not choose and pick who should be protected by the rule of law".
About 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine a year ago after the army launched a brutal counterinsurgency campaign in response to August 2017 attacks by Rohingya militants on security forces.
Last month, a United Nations special human rights team issued a report saying mass killings of Rohingya in Rakhine constituted genocide, and that top military commanders should face prosecution for crimes against humanity.
Amnesty International said security forces carried out a "targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning". Suu Kyi says the the situation has been complicated by the involvement of two governments and myriad ethnic minorities in the area.
The violence in Rakhine has eased but Myanmar now has to deal with its aftermath, especially the repatriation of the Rohingyas.
Her administration has largely denied allegations of abuses during the operation and has pledged to accept back those who fled.
In the camps in Bangladesh, which constitute the world's largest single refugee settlement, some Rohingya have expressed reluctance to return to the site of so much slaughter by the Myanmar military and Buddhist mobs.
Her silence on the journalists' imprisonment had stirred hopes that she might bow to global pressure and lead calls for them to be pardoned.
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".
The nation's de facto leader said that the brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority - which the UN has cast as genocide - could have been "handled better", but added that the two reporters had been treated fairly.
'If anybody feels that there has been a miscarriage of justice I would like them to point it out.
"They were not jailed because they were journalists".
Though U.S. lawmakers once broadly backed Suii Kyi, they have increasingly come out against the Nobel Prize victor over her inaction as Myanmar's military rulers have committed atrocities against the Rohingya, an ethnic minority group in Myanmar. Freed from long years of house arrest, she was mobbed in Thailand like a rock star and held up as a paragon of moral authority in the face of military excess.