Nobel laureates, global citizens demand UN intervention to end Roginhya persecution

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Nobel laureates, global citizens demand UN intervention to resolve Roginhya crisisTwelve Nobel laureates, including Muhammad Yunus, and 17 other globally renowned citizens, have demanded immediate intervention of the UN Security Council to end the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

In an open letter addressed to the council president and members, they called for taking “decisive actions” to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine.

"The human tragedy and crimes against humanity unfolding in the Arakan region of Myanmar need your immediate intervention. This is one of the decisive moments when bold and decisive actions are needed promptly when it is still possible to get it resolved," they observed.

They called for taking immediate steps to stop the outflow of refugees. They also demanded building camps within Myanmar for the returning refugees to facilitate their rehabilitation with the UN financing and supervision.

Around 370,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh during the past two weeks, according to UN estimate.

The Nobel laureates and eminent citizens wrote: “We call on UNSC to intervene immediately by using all available means. We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people.”

The signatories insisted on immediate implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan commission.

They recalled that some of them denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to the UN to intervene.

However, they regretted, the situation has not improved.

"We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people," they said.

The Annan Commission, mostly comprised of Myanmar citizens, recommended providing citizenship to the Rohingyas, allowing them freedom of movement, rights and equality before the law, ensuring communal representation, facilitating UN assistance in ensuring safety and security of returning people.

The Nobel laureates and reported citizens also insisted that a bold change in approach is needed by the United Nations and the international community if there is to be an end to the cycle of violence against the Rohingyas.

The signatories include Nobel laureaytes Máiread Maguire, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams, Oscar Arias, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard J Roberts and Elizabeth Blackburn, former Malaysian foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar, former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino, former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Thai foreign minister Kasit Piromya, and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.

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