Stop the Government Smear Campaign Against Prof. Muhammad Yunus
  • Petitioned H.E. Akramul Qader

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Bangladesh Ambassador to the U.S.
H.E. Akramul Qader

Stop the Government Smear Campaign Against Prof. Muhammad Yunus

    1. Sponsored by

      Grameen Foundation

The "father" of microcredit – Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus – is under attack.

Professor Yunus is a global leader in anti-poverty efforts who pioneered the use of "microloans" to provide credit to poor individuals without collateral. An economist by training, Prof. Yunus began his work to empower the poor, especially women, in his native Bangladesh in the late ‘70s.  He founded Grameen Bank in 1983 to provide tiny loans to the poor, to help them create small businesses and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. 

Today, the Bank serves 8.3 million borrower-owners, almost all women, who together own more than 96% of the bank. The remaining amount is owned by the government of Bangladesh. 

Recently, an unfair and unfounded smear campaign to discredit him and his work, fostered at the highest levels of the government of Bangladesh, has the global media in a frenzy and has caused deep concern among those who care about microfinance as a viable self-help tool for the very poor.

Prof. Yunus has never wavered from his poverty-fighting mission. For his decades of work on behalf of the poor, he received a 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, a 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama and, in late 2010, a Congressional Gold Medal, becoming only the seventh person in history to receive all three distinctions.

This attack on Prof. Yunus is an attack on the humanitarian spirit that inspires each of us to want to improve the world and the lives of the poorest among us. Prof. Yunus is the victim of politically-motivated charges that are untrue and mean-spirited. We are concerned that the government of Bangladesh is trying to railroad Prof. Yunus out of his position with Grameen Bank to install someone they can manipulate.

By standing with Prof. Yunus, we are saying that the millions of poor families in Bangladesh who would never have received microloans without him and an independent Grameen Bank are more important than the whims of a government motivated by partisan politics.

We can make a difference by putting international pressure on the government of Bangladesh through their Ambassador to the U.S. – H.E. Akramul Qader. Please sign your name to this letter of support for Prof. Yunus, and we will deliver it to Ambassador Qader.

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    News

    1. Nobel laureate Yunus loses final legal fight

    2. On Tuesday, the Bengali Supreme Court will hear Yunus's appeal for a stay order on this dismissal as the director of Grameen Bank

    3. The Bengali government further escalates rhetoric against Yunus

    4. French Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppé has expressed strong support for the independence of the Grameen Bank and demanded fair trial of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

    5. Audio: Bangladesh Court To Hear Muhammad Yunus Appeal

    6. The BBC details Prof. Yunus's ongoing struggles

    7. Yunus Says Borrowers Are Core of Grameen Bank

    8. Reached 4 signatures

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    • Violet Ikahu NAIROBI, KENYA
      • over 3 years ago

      Continue the good work and God will reward you mightily!It is people like you who make this world better.We shall always remember you in prayer and may you move on because God is on your side.

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    • Ziauddin Ahmed ROSE VALLEY, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Reverse the decision and restore his postition since he is not only any Manging Director , he is the founded the grameen bank against all odds and became a global hero to help needy women with microfinance model.

      It is unacceptable

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    • Anis Salib HUNTSVILLE, AL
      • over 3 years ago

      The humanitarian and innovative work of Professor Yunus in Bangladesh and throughout the world is a source of pride for the current and future generastions of Bangladesh. He continues to generate ideas that will help the world and will help Bangladesh. As a person who followed his work from its early beginnings,

      I have no dougt that removing him from the Grameen Bank at the peak of his resourcefulness would be a historical mistake that current and future generation will look at with dismay.

      Anis Salib

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    • Thomas Elmasri ARLINGTON, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      To try to discredit a man trying to help the impoverished of your nation is a crime, 40% of your people are living below the poverty line, this man has done great things and the government should apologize immediately.

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