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Expert Witnesses

Chowdhury R. Abrar (Bangladesh)

C R Abrar teaches International Relations and directs the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has done research on Rohingya refugees, Bihari stateless people, labour migration and recruitment industry issues. Abrar was instrumental in the movement for citizenship rights of the camp dwelling Bihari people and civic campaign for allowing admission to Rohingya refugees. He also successfully filed public interest litigation for the release of several Rohingya asylum seekers who served out their sentence but were still languishing in prisons. Dr. Abrar is President of leading rights organisation Odhikar (Rights) of Bangladesh. He studied at the Universities of Dhaka and Sussex, and Griffith University, Australia. He is a regular contributor on migration and rights issues to English dailies.

Dr. Gregory Stanton

Dr. Gregory Stanton is Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia.

He was the President (2007 – 2009) and First Vice President (2005 – 2007) of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS.)

Dr. Stanton is the founder (1999) and chairman of Genocide Watch (http://www.genocidewatch.com), the founder (1981) and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and is the founder (1999) and chairman of the Alliance Against Genocide, which has 65 member organizations in 24 countries.

Dr. Stanton served in the State Department (1992-1999), where he drafted the United Nations Security Council resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

In 1994, Stanton won the American Foreign Service Association’s prestigious W. Averell Harriman award for “extraordinary contributions to the practice of diplomacy exemplifying intellectual courage,” based on his dissent from U.S. policy on the Rwandan genocide.

He wrote the State Department options paper on ways to bring the Khmer Rouge to justice in Cambodia, and drafted the rules of procedure for the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

He holds a BA (Oberlin College), MTS (Harvard Divinity School), MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology (U. of Chicago), and J.D. (Yale Law School.)

KYAW WIN

Kyaw Win is a human rights activist, born and brought up in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar). Kyaw Win graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Management with an Accounting pathway from the University of Westminster in London. He lives in the United Kingdom with his family.

In 2009 Kyaw Win joined the Burmese Muslim Association, where he became head of the Information Committee and obtained a position as Secretary. One of the requirements of his position was to establish an exhaustive network of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), diplomats and media outlets. His role also consisted of advocating within the international community for Muslims in Myanmar and highlighting the most pressing aspects of their plight.

​I n 2014 Kyaw Win founded the Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) in London. In 2015 the organization was officially registered in London as a legal entity. In his position as Executive Director of BHRN he leads several different teams inside of Myanmar who are documenting human rights violations, breaches of religious freedom and the spread of hate speech and anti-Muslim violence. BHRN is operating throughout Myanmar including in Rakhine State, where rights violations are most egregious. BHRN publishes press releases, reports and statements on developing situations while using an experienced and trusted ground network to ensure reliable information that helps raise awareness of the persecution of the Rohingya People.

Kyaw Win has spent several years raising awareness within the international community regarding religious intolerance and persecution of minorities in Myanmar. He has given several public talks and spoken at various conferences to raise awareness of the plight of the Rohingya and other Burmese Muslims. He has also given interviews to various media outlets and participated in debates on Burmese politics and religious issues. Kyaw Win is the author of several articles on these issues, including pieces features in The Asia Times and New Mandela, which examined the spread of religious persecution in Myanmar and its root causes.

Maung Zarni

A long-time Burmese human rights activist, Maung Zarni is Non-resident Research Fellow with the (Genocide) Documentation Centre – Cambodia. Three generations of his extended family, including the late great uncle who was deputy head of the military-controlled Administration of Northern Rakhine’s Rohingya population in 1961 and 1962, has served in Myanmar Armed Forces since its founding in 1942. Between 2004 and 2008, Zarni initiated and led a Track II Initiative to end the international isolation of his country, which he ended when the Burmese junta blocked emergency aid to the Cyclone Victims. He has written extensively on the Burmese affairs including democratic transition, peace process, transnational activism, Islamophobia and Rohingya genocide. With Alice Cowley, he co-authored “The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya,” Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal (Spring 2014), An Evolution of Rohingya Persecution in Myanmar: From Strategic Embrace to Genocide”, the Middle East Institute, American University (April 2017) and Reworking the Colonial-Era “Indian Peril”:Myanmar’s State-directed Persecution of Rohingyas and Other Muslims​”, Brown Journal of World Affairs (Forthcoming, December 2017).

He has organized international conferences on the plight of Rohingyas at the London School of Economics (2014), Harvard University (2014), Norwegian Nobel Institute and Oxford University (2015), and initiated the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar in 2013 He taught sociology of education at National-Louis University in Chicago, and has held teaching, research, leadership and visiting fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation, Georgetown, UCL Institute of Education, Oxford, LSE, U. of Malaya, University of Brunei and Harvard. Maung Zarni holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MA from the University of California at Davis. As a student, he founded and led the then pioneering Internet-based Free Burma Coalition out of Madison, Wisconsin in 1995-1998.

Razia Sultana

Razia Sultana is a Rohingya lawyer who practices law in Chittagong Court System, Bangladesh. She holds a BA and LLB from Bangladesh and has received training in humanitarian law & human rights at the diploma level from Canada. Based on her interviews with Rohingya rape victims in 2017, she authored the report entitled “No need to cover our faces: the Rohingya Rape Victims of the Burmese Military”, (Burma Task Force, USA, 2017)

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