The Ro­hingya cri­sis

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters to the editor - Harry Lukas

SIR – Burma’s 1931 cen­sus, which in­cludes de­tails of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion, its ori­gins and re­li­gions, re­veals that even then the coun­try was a di­verse mix.

There can be no ex­cuse for the whole­sale ex­pul­sion of any part of an indige­nous pop­u­la­tion.

Big­gar, La­nark­shire

SIR – Pope Fran­cis may not have used the word “Ro­hingya” in his ad­dress to Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese of­fi­cials on Tues­day (re­port, Novem­ber 29), but no­body could miss the mean­ing of his other­wise very di­rect words.

He spoke of peo­ple con­tin­u­ing to suf­fer from civil con­flict and hos­til­i­ties. He called for peace based on re­spect for hu­man rights. He in­sisted each eth­nic group must be al­lowed its iden­tity, its due re­spect and a place in the demo­cratic order.

We should not put un­due em­pha­sis on whether a par­tic­u­lar word was used – the mes­sage was clear. I only hope Burma’s lead­ers lis­tened.

Hal­i­fax, West York­shire

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