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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Forced to Flee Burma: Stories of Rohingya in Bangladesh

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
385 Russell Senate Office Building


Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Rakhine State have historically been subjected to forms of ethnic and religious discrimination, including restrictions on movement and the denial of citizenship, education, and employment. In response to attacks on three border posts in the northern Rakhine State in October 2016, Burmese security forces conducted security clearance operations in the area.  The operations resulted in widespread displacement and human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, rapes, torture, kidnappings, and destruction of property. The United Nations estimates that 168,000 Rohingya have fled Burma since 2012, including 74,000 who have crossed the border into Bangladesh since the crackdown began in October 2016. 

Please join us for a briefing to examine conditions for the Rohingya in Burma, hear directly from human rights advocates about their interviews with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and discuss recommendations for U.S. policymakers.

This briefing is co-hosted with the Senate Human Rights Caucus, and will be open to all members of the Congress, Senate and House staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Anna Yelverton (for Sen. Coons) at or Kimberly Stanton (for Mr. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or or Doug Thomas (for Mr. Hultgren) at 202-225-2976 or  

Hosted by:

Sen. Chris Coons
Co-Chairman, Senate Human Rights Caucus
Sen. Thom Tillis
Co-Chairman, Senate Human Rights Caucus
James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Randy Hultgren, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC



  • Daniel Sullivan, Senior Advocate for Human Rights, Refugees International
  • Andrea Gittleman, Program Manager, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, USHMM
  • Richard Weir, Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellow, Human Rights Watch


  • Tina Mufford, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

The event flyer including bios is available here.

115th Congress