12 Nobel laureates urge UN to intervene Myanmar violence

ANADOLU AGENCY
DHAKA
Published 15.09.2017 00:47

Nobel Peace Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, together with other Nobel Laureates and international personalities sent an open letter to the U.N. Security Council urging it to intervene, to end the Rohingya crisis.

"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," they wrote in the letter distributed by Yunus Centre in Dhaka.

"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."

"Some of us denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to you to intervene. However, the situation has not improved. We, urge you to take decisive actions to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine state," they wrote.

"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," they said. "The government of Myanmar needs to be told that international support and finance is conditional on a major change in policy towards the Rohingya."

Facing growing condemnation globally, Nobel laurate Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend U.N. General Assembly meetings Sept. 19-25 to instead deal with what the government said were domestic security issues.

Many of the Nobel laureates had earlier denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to the Security Council to intervene. However, the situation has not improved.

"We urge you to take decisive actions to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace to Rakhine state," they said in the letter. "Unless, constructive effort to build lasting peace is taken, the situation will get worse which in turn may pose serious security threat to the neighboring countries."

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