Yunus Urges French President to address Rohingya Crisis

Press Release (20 September, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus exchanging  greetings with  President Emmanuel Macron of France. They had a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit to launch of the Global Pact for the Environment to which Professor Yunus was invited to by President Macron.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus yesterday met French president Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of UN meetings urged him to play an active role as permanent member of the UN Security Council to bring pressure on the Myanmar government to end the Rohingya crisis. They met after the Head of Government Climate Meeting at the United Nation Head Quarter in New York where Professor Yunus was personally invited by President Macron. Professor Yunus thanked President Macron for supporting Bangladesh in the Rohingya crisis and appealed to him to put full pressure on Myanmar to stop the ethnic cleansing and violence, return Rohingyas back to Myanmar and grant them full citizenship. Professor Yunus briefed Mr Macron about the terrible circumstances under which 400,000 Rohingya refugees mostly women and children have fled to Bangladesh in the past few weeks.

Mr Macron assured Professor Yunus that he is doing his best and would contunue to seek a solution. President Macron personally thanked Professor Yunus for successfully supporting the 2024 Paris Olympic Bid. Professor Yunus and President jointly made the presentation before the International Olympic committee in Lausanne for bringing Olympic to Paris. Paris has been chosen already for holding the Olympic 2024. It will be the first Social Business Olympic games in history in colaboration with Professor Yunus. He updated President Macron about the upcoming Global Social Business Summit scheduled to be held on Nov 6-7, 2017 in Paris and invited him again to address the summit. President Macron agreed to speak at the inauguration of the summit.

Earlier Professor Yunus spoke at the Forbes Philanthropy Forum which was also the centenary celebrations of Forbes magazine on the topic of ‘how to remove hurdles from women in participating in economic activities’. This occasion is being celebrated as the occasion to bring together 100 living greatest business minds at a gala. Professor Yunus is chosen as one of those 100 living greatest business minds in the world. He joined other greatest business minds headed by Warren Buffet.

Professor Yunus is currently in New York to attend high level meetings at the United Nations, a celebration of Grameen America's tenth anniversary and to participate at a book tour of his new book "A World of Three Zeros"

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen Joins Open Letter to UN Security Council to intervene to end the Human Crisis in Rakhine

Press Release, Date: 19 September, 2017

Complete list of signatories till 19 September, 2017

Nobel Laureate Economist  Professor Amartya Sen today in a letter to Yunus Centre sent his willingness  to add his name  to the list of signatories to the UNSC letter to intervene to end the human crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar.

Professor Sen wrote to Professor Yunus that he does not usually add his name to joint statements but that the ‘the atrocity in Burma on the Rohingyas is so intolerably – and so uniquely – barbaric that I have to sign the letter”, and requested to add his name urgently to the list.

Separately,  Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia wrote to Yunus Centre that he is proud to add his name to the list, and was joined by Arif Naqvi, Middle East  based business leader and philanthropist who also sent his readiness to add his name to the letter.

An Open Letter by 12 Nobel Laureates and 18 Eminent Global Citizens to United Nations Security Council to end the Rohingya crisis

Rohingya Crisis is Deteriorating Very Fast

AN OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO INTERVENE TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR

Date: 13 September, 2017

Dear President and Members of the Security Council,

Thank you for holding the UNSC meeting on Rohingya crisis most likely on September 13.

The human tragedy and crimes against humanity unfolding in the Arakan region of Myanmar need your immediate intervention. This is one of the moments when bold and decisive actions are needed.

According to different organizations, recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Complete villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor. According to UN sources, around 300,000 people have fled to Bangladesh during the last two weeks. Human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day.

More Global Citizens Sign the Open Letter To UN Security Council To Intervene To End The Human Crisis In Rakhine, Myanmar

More Global Citizens Sign the Open Letter To UN Security Council To Intervene To End The Human Crisis In Rakhine, Myanmar

Since the release of the Open Letter to UN Security Council on 13 September, six more eminent global citizens including Bono musician, activist and founder of One.org, Richard Curtis writer and activist, Salman Khan education pioneer and founder of Khan Academy, Asma Jahangir human rights activist, Shabana Azmi actor and activist and  Javed Akhtar poet and lyricist all sent their names to Yunus Centre to be added to the list of signatories to the open letter to the UNSC calling for its immediate intervention to end the human crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar. They join 12 Nobel Laureates, Professor Yunus, Archbishop Tutu and Malala Yousafzai among them and 15 others global leaders including Gro Brundtland Former Prime Minister of Norway and Mary Robinson Former President of Ireland; former government ministers, business leaders, philanthropists and SDG advocates. The full text of the statement and list of signatories are given below:

OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL BY YUNUS TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN MYANMAR

Rohingya Crisis is Deteriorating Very Fast

AN OPEN LETTER TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO INTERVENE TO END THE HUMAN CRISIS IN RAKHINE, MYANMAR

 

 Dear President and Members of the Security Council,


As you are aware, the human tragedy and crimes against humanity has taken a dangerous turn in the Arakan region of Myanmar. It needs your immediate intervention.

According to different organizations, recent military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Complete villages have been burned, women raped, many civilians arbitrarily arrested, and children killed. Crucially, humanitarian aid organisations have been almost completely denied access, creating an appalling humanitarian crisis in an area already extremely poor. According to local administration sources, around 120,000 people have fled to my country during the last twelve days. Human misery created by such massive displacement of men, women and children under the threat of death is getting worse every day.

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