Razia Sultana

Lawyer and Rohingya Human Rights Activist

Region(s): Asia
Country of focus: Bangladesh, Myanmar
Based in Chittagong

Razia Sultana (@AdvRaziaSultana) is a lawyer, human rights activist and Chairperson of the RW Welfare Society, a grassroots organization based in Bangladesh working to prevent human trafficking and to support refugee women. Her work focuses on trauma, mass rape, and trafficking of Rohingya girls and women.

Born in Myanmar but raised in neighbouring Bangladesh, Razia has been a courageous advocate for Rohingya rights and works with some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar region of  Bangladesh.

In 2018, she published two ground-breaking reports: “Witness to Horror” in 2017, and “Rape by Command: Sexual violence as a weapon against the Rohingya,” exposing the widespread and systematic use of sexual violence by the Myanmar army as a weapon against the Rohingya in Rakhine state. She is a senior researcher with Kaladan Press Network, an independent and non-profit Rohingya news agency.

She was awarded the U.S. State Department’s 2019 Women of Courage Award and was a civil society Rohingya representative at the UN Security Council. In April 2018 Razia addressed the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict on the Rohingya crisis.