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12 Nobel Laureates Urge End to Persecution of Burma’s Minorities

21 June 2013

Twelve Nobel laureates on Thursday called for an end to violence against Muslims and other minorities in Burma. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Muhammad Yunus, Tawakkol Karman and Jody Williams were among the dozen signatories who said the persecution, including attacks by government forces on ethnic armed groups in some parts of the country, “must stop immediately.” The laureates also called for “an international, independent investigation of the anti-Muslim violence in Burma.” Since June of last year, violence between Muslims and the country’s majority Buddhists has killed hundreds and displaced more than 150,000, with most of the victims being Muslims.