An Open Letter to Sheikh Hasina, Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Regarding Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank


Prime Minister’s Office Address:

Old Sangsad Bhaban, Tejgaon, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh


Telephone: 8802-8151159

Fax: 8802-8113244


14 August 2012


Honorable Prime Minister:


Any news of success, achievement or progress in Bangladesh makes the hearts of all Non-Resident Bangladeshis and Bangladeshi descendants living abroad fill with pride and joy. We have come a long way from being branded as a “basket case” to where we are today. You and your Government deserve a lot of credit for this transformation, and we sincerely thank you for that. Your dedication in empowering women, countering terrorism, and making an all-out effort to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals for Bangladesh has been acknowledged worldwide.However, we would like to urge you, with due respect, to do even more for the country.


We are deeply troubled by the manner in which the removal of Professor Yunus from the Grameen Bank was carried out.  We are also distressed by the Government’s initiatives to extend its role in the governance of the Grameen Bank. We notice with concern that these measures are tarnishing our reputation and image in the world community. We believe the issues concerning Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank should be resolved through open discussion and compromise befitting the practices of a true democratic and civil society.

Professor Yunus, who pioneered the microcredit and microfinance model for the benefit of economically deprived population, has brought great honour and fame to Bangladesh. He is admired by the world’s political, business, and civic leaders. We do not view Professor Yunus as a threat, politically or otherwise, to any political or non-political entity. He is a decent, honourable and patriotic son of the soil, who considers the interest of the country more important than his own.

We believe you can make use of Professor Yunus’s world stature to draw benefits for the people of Bangladesh. In our view, any attempt to denigrate him or tarnish his image or belittle his contributions will be counter-productive. We submit to you that you authorise to form a small committee of non-partisan civic leaders who could liaise between you and your administration and Professor Yunus and the Grameen Bank. The mission of this committee would be to find ways to settle all the outstanding issues in a dispassionate, professional manner through open discussions and in a spirit of compromise, and to give Professor Yunus a say in the manner in which the governance of the Grameen Bank is to continue.

Signed by:

1. Dr. Hasanat Husain MBE, Convenor, Voice For Justice World Forum

2. Dr. Mosleh-Uddin Ahmed, Voice For Justice, New Jersey Chapter, USA
3. Dr. Anisur Rahman, CRadP FNucI, VFJ Manchester, UK

4. Dr. Hasan Zillur Rahim, Co-ordinator, Voice For Justice World Forum

5. Dr. Tajul Islam Hashmi, Convenor, Voice For Justice, Tennessee Chapter, USA

6. Dr. Shamsul Islam Choudhury, Voice For Justice, Chicago Chappter, USA

7. Mr. Sadiqur Rahman, Voice For Justice, London Chapter, UK

8. Mr. Hasan Mahmud, VFJ Convenor, Toronto, Canada 

9. Mr. Enam Choudhury, Convenor, Voice For Justice, Stockholm, Sweden

10. Dr. Abdur Rahman, Convenor, Voice For Justice, Ireland Chapter, Ireland

11. Mr. Ezajur Rahman, Convenor Voice For Justice, Kuwait

12. Ms. Dilruba Z. Ara, VFJ Convenor, Lunde, Sweden

13. Mrs. Ishita Shams, VFJ Toronto, Canada

14. Mr. A. Latif JP, Convenor, Voice For Justice, Birmingham, UK

15. Mr. Monowar Bodruddoza, Chairman AJAD, VFJ London, UK

16. Mr. Gulzar Ahmad, VFJ Convenor, Vienna, Austria

17. Barrister Nazir Ahmed, Coalition for Human Rights and Democracy, UK

18. Dr. Khalid Asadullah, VFJ Convenor, Sidcup, Kent, UK

19. Dr. Sajedur Rahman, Voice For Justice, Sydney Chapter, Australia

20. Ms. Rehnuma Sajjad, Voice For Justice, Cambridge, UK

21. Dr. Reaz Talukder, Voice For Justice, Manchester, UK

22. Dr. Abdur Rahman Chowdhury, VFJ Falls Church, USA
23. Dr. Shaheed Hussain, Hydro-Geologist (Retd), International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria

24. Mr. A. F. M. Shafiqul Hafiz, Chairman (Retd), Johor Land Berhad, Jalan, Malaysia

25. Mr. Waliur Rahman, Surrey, Vancouver, Canada

26. Dr. Rafi Ahmad, Head of Laser Technology Dept (Retd), Shrivenham Military College, Swindon, UK

27. Dr. M. A. Jabbar, Associate Prof (Retd), Singapore National Univeristy, Singapore

28. Dr. Bani Amin, Sr. Lecturer (Retd), University of Sunderland, UK

29. Professor Salim Rashid, PhD, IIT Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India

30. Dr. Matin Ahmed, Convenor, VFJ, San Francisco, USA

31. Dr. Faruque Azam, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, USA

32. Dr. Ahmed Badruzzaman, PhD, San Ramon, California, USA

33. Dr. Mustaque Ahmed, PhD, Wilton, Connecticut, USA

34. Dr. Mohammed A. Awwal, PhD, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, USA

35. Mr. Afzal Khan, Dayton, New Jersey, USA

36. Mr. Syed Ashraf, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA

37. Dr. Quazi T. Islam, PhD, Hopewell, Virginia, USA

38. Dr. Dewan Khan, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA

39. Dr. Farrukh Mohsen, PhD , Cranbury, New Jersey, USA

40. Mr. Zahural Islam, Freehold, New Jersey, USA

41. Dr. Moshiur Rahman, PhD, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA

42. Mr. Fakir Zia Ahmed, Monroe, New Jersey, USA

43. Dr. Meah Shahabuddin, PhD, Middletown, New Jersey, USA

44. Mr. Bulal Dewan Rahman, Ewing, New Jersey, USA

45. Mr. Khondker Alam Ahmed, Dayton, New Jersey, USA

46. Mr. Wasif Sattar, Monroe, New Jersey, USA

47. Ms. Naznin Hossain, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA

48. Ms. Amena Hai, Marlboro, New Jersey USA

49. Mr. Nurullah Hajra, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA

50. Dr. Esha Khoshnu, West Orange, New Jersey, USA

51. Dr. Subarna Khan, PhD, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA

52. Mr. Saadi Khan, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA

53. Mohammad Ali Chisty, Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA

54. Syed H. Mahmud, East Windsor, New Jersey, USA

55. Lazima Mahmud, East Windsor, New Jersey, USA

56. Professor Swapan Gayen, PhD, CUNY, New York, USA

57. Mr. Souvik Sarker, Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

58. Mrs. Sujata Saha, Manalapan, New Jersey, USA

59. Dr. Monowar Hossain, PhD, Middletown, New Jersey, USA

60. Dr. Abdul Hai PhD, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA

61. Ms. Mahmuda Amin, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA

62. Professor Mahmud Hassan, PhD, Rutgers U, New Jersey, USA

63. Mr. Ghulam Suhrawardi, Colts Neck, New Jersey, USA

64. Mr. Al Mamun, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA

65. Mr. Mohammad Amanullah, Edison, New Jersey, USA

66. Dr. Iffat Hussain, PhD, South Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
67. Dr. Romel Khan, PhD, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA
68. Mr. Wahid Shams, East Windsor, New Jersey, USA
69. Ms. Selina A. Khan, World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
70. Dr. Tanweer Akram, PhD, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
71. Professor Munir Quddus, PhD, Dean, Prairie View A&M Univ., Texas, USA
72. Ms. Mehbuba Rahman, Marlboro, New Jersey, USA
73. Professor Mir Maqsud Ali, PhD, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
74. Mr. Mir Chowdhury, Wayne, New Jersey, USA
75. Ms. Aziza Haque, Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA
76. Mr. Najmul Haque, Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA
77. Ms. Rezina Billah, Edison, New Jersey, USA
78. Dr. Motasim Billah, PhD, Edison, New Jersey, USA
79. Mr. Robbie Mowla, Farmingdale, New Jersey, USA
80. Mr. Dewan Shamsul Arefin, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
81. Mr. Zafar Billah, Franklin Park, New Jersey, USA
82. Dr. Lani Siddique, Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania, USA
83. Ms. Nasreen Suhrawardi, Colts Neck, New Jersey, USA
84. Ms. Anjuman A. Begum, Mahwah, New Jersey USA
85. Mr. Amjad Hussain, Cream Ridge, New Jersey, USA
86. Dr. Khurshid Hossain, PhD, Middletown, New Jersey, USA
87.  A KM Kawser, VFJ, Frankfurt, Germany


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