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Safest city

I have been living in Abu Dhabi for the last four years, and I can say without a second thought that it is one of the best cities to live in (“Abu Dhabi named safest city in the world for second year running,” Sept. 20, The Gulf Today)

That the UAE capital surpassed more than 300 cities across the world to top the list as the most secure city in the world speaks of the high standard of safety and security parameters. The city stands out as a beacon of wellbeing compared to cities across the world which are plagued by violence and crime.
Raymond Frietas — By email

A step forward

Now that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) has opened a probe into Myanmar’s alleged crimes against Rohingya Muslims, it won’t be long before the noose tightens on the perpetrators (“ICC to probe Myanmar crimes against Rohingya,” Sept. 20, The Gulf Today).

The chilling atrocities have been well documented by United Nations investigators. And the evidence gathered from a fact-finding mission that began six months before the genocide of August 2017, and afte, should suffice to nail the culprits.

Though the Myanmar’s army has denied nearly all wrongdoing, insisting its campaign was justified to root out Rohingya insurgents who staged deadly raids on border posts in August 2017, the UN report clearly indicates otherwise.

Even more gruesome details would have come to light if the Press was not throttled. Take the case of the two Myanmar nationals, Wa Lone and Kway Soe Oo, who were arrested for investigating how the Army lined up 10 Rohingya men in a coastal village in north Rakhine, tied them to each other, got villagers to dig graves for them, and then shot them.

It embarrassed the government and the Army said that they had punished the soldier responsible for it. But they also punished the journalists.

The Reuters journalists were convicted and jailed for seven years each. And the once rebel Aung San Suu Kyi, who is now the de facto head of government in her own queer way defended the conviction.

While ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda looks at whether there is enough evidence to warrant a full investigation into Myanmar’s military crackdown which has seen some 700,000 people flee into neighbouring Bangladesh, the international community should continue pressurising the Myanmar government for the safe return of the refugees to their homeland.
Irfan Shahid — By email

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