Belfast Telegraph

Nobel Peace laureates arrive in Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women

The three female laureates said they want to stand ‘in solidarity’ with the refugees forced from Burma.

Three female Nobel Peace laureates have begun a week-long trip to Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women who were tortured and raped by Burmese soldiers before fleeing the country.

During the trip that began on, Northern Ireland’s Mairead Maguire, Iran’s Shirin Ebadi and Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman will assess the Rohingya refugees’ situation and the violence against the Rohingya women, according to the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a platform of six female peace laureates established in 2006.

Ms Karman said they were standing “in solidarity with displaced Rohingya women and calling for Rohingya women’s voices to be heard”.

About 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled army-led violence in Buddhist-majority Myanmar since August and are living in Bangladeshi refugee camps.

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