Save Muslims in Myanmar

Updated 05 October 2013
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Save Muslims in Myanmar

It has become almost a routine to read stories about the killings of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The United Nations is merely paying lip service by condemning the incidents and calling on the Myanmar government to take steps to check the situation.
Had the Myanmar government been interested in protecting Muslims, it would have taken steps to that effect. The truth is Myanmar government does not recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens of the country.
Very well, do not recognize them as Myanmar nationals, still nobody should be given the license to kill the alien population. I was surprised to read that Buddhist monks were behind these killings and attacks. I had always thought that violence was non-existent among the Buddhists. Perhaps I was wrong.
I urge the United Nations to look into the matter on an urgent basis and also call on Buddhist religious leaders to look into the matter and do something to protect the helpless Rohingya people. — N. Kumar, Jeddah


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia