Yunus: Global figures call for end to ‘harassment’ of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus

DHAKA: Forty world personalities including Ban Ki-moon, Hillary clinton and Bono issued a joint letter on Wednesday calling on Bangladesh to end the “unjust” attacks and harassment of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus.
Yunus is credited with lifting millions out of poverty through his pioneering microcredit bank, but he has fallen out with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who said he was “sucking the blood” of the poor.
The anti-corruption watchdog last year ordered a wide-ranging probe into Yunus’ presiding companies and Hasina attacked him personally, blaming him for the World Bank’s withdrawal from a bridge project mired in disputes. corruption allegations.
The letter signed by former UN chief Ban, former US Secretary of State Clinton, U2 singer Bono, former US Vice President Al Gore and others said they had “deep concerns” about Yunus’ “well-being” and his ability to concentrate on his work. .
“It is … painful to see Professor Yunus, a man of impeccable integrity, and his life’s work unjustly attacked and repeatedly harassed and investigated by your government,” they said in the letter, also released. in the Washington Post newspaper.
There was no immediate comment from the government. The state-run Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission is completing its investigations into Yunus and its social enterprises.


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