Standing with Rohingya Women: Three Peace Laureates in Bangladesh

Human Wrongs Watch 

By Nobel Women’s Initiative*

Source: Nobel Women’s Initiative

The delegation will visit refugee camps near the Bangladesh-Burma border, and also meet with Bangladeshi Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina Wazed.

Working in partnership with Bangladeshi women’s organization Naripokkho, the Laureates will also learn from the experiences of Bangladeshi women’s organizations working to end the horrific violence against Rohingya women, and advance women’s rights and build peace in the country and across the region.


The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority group often described as the world’s most persecuted people.

They are from Burma’s Rakhine state and have suffered decades of systematic discrimination and displacement. There are now nearly 700,000 living in refugee camps on the Bangladesh-Burma border.

A Human Rights Watch report released in November, 2017, documented that Burmese security forces have committed widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine State.

*Source: Nobel Women Initiative. Go to Original

Time to break the silence: Laureates to Aung San Suu Kyi**


The laureates that day sent a letter to Aung San Suu Kyi asking her to take all measures possible to end the persecution of the Rohingya population.

The letter reminded Aung San Suu Kyi that she has a personal responsibility to uphold and defend the rights of all Burmese citizens. The laureates stated that “[this is] what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calls ‘a textbook example of ethnic cleansing’. This is an assault on our humanity as a whole.”

Nearly all of the Rohingya live in the Burmese western coastal state of Rakhine and have been denied citizenship since 1982.

Close to one million Rohingya have fled Burma since the late 1970’s due to widespread persecution and arbitrary violence against civilians.

More recently, there has been increasing reports of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearance and rape.

Nearly 270,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh since the Burmese military launched an operation ‘against insurgents’ on August 25.

While fleeing the violence, the Rohingya are facing an additional risk due to landmines planted along the Burmese border.

Read the full letter here.

**SOURCE: Nobel Women Initiative. Go to Original.

About Nobel Women Initiative;


The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and six courageous women peace laureates—Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Leymah Gbowee—to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.

The six women bring together their extraordinary experiences and work to spotlight, amplify and promote the work of grassroots women’s organizations and movements around the world. The Nobel Women’s Initiative was established in 2006. Read more here.


2018 Human Wrongs Watch 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: