Razia Sultana

Lawyer and Human Rights Activist

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

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Current Occupation: Lawyer and Human Rights Activist
Organization/Institution: Free Rohingya Coalition

Razia Sultana (@AdvRaziaSultana) works in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh documenting the stories of the women and girls who fled Myanmar. She is a lawyer and senior researcher with Kaladan Press – the first Rohingya News Agency- specializing in trauma, mass rape, and trafficking of Rohingya girls and women. She has published two ground-breaking reports: “Witness to Horror” in 2017, and “Rape by Command: Sexual violence as a weapon against the Rohingya” in 2018, exposing the widespread and systematic use of sexual violence by the Myanmar army as a weapon against the Rohingya in Rakhine state. In April 2018 Razia addressed the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict on the Rohingya crisis. Razia practices law in Bangladesh and is the coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition and Director of Arakan Rohingya National Organization’s (ARNO) women section. Razia also runs the Rohingya Women Welfare Society (RWWS), an organisation based in Bangladesh working to prevent human trafficking and build psychosocial resilience among refugee women.