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Burma Must Give Rohingyas Citizenship: Nobel Laureates

21 February 2013

Two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have condemned Burma’s treatment of the Muslim Rohingya in Arakan State and they call for full citizenship for the group. In a joint op-ed in the Huffington Post on Wednesday, Jose Ramos-Horta, the former president of Timor Leste, and Muhammad Yunus, founder of microfinance institution Grameen Bank, wrote that Burma’s government was contributing to “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya. They appealed to Burma to “amend the infamous 1982 law, and welcome the Rohingya as full citizens.” Scores of people have been killed and about 110,000 villagers, mostly Rohingyas, were displaced after inter-communal violence broke out in Arakan State between Buddhist and Muslim communities in July 2012.