On Monday 11 March 2019, Hamida Khatun, a member of Shanti Mohila, became the first female member of the Rohingya directly affected by 2017 ‘clearance operations’ by Myanmar Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) to appear before the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Legal Action Worldwide is proud to support Hamida in this monumental event.
In her statement, Hamida described her experience fleeing Northern Rakhine State following the attack on her village and murder of members of her family. She emphasised that her experience is not unique and that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are currently based in impoverished refugee camps in Bangladesh. Hamida set out three key requests from Shanti Mohila to the international community: Justice including compensation; to return home in safety and security including citizenship; and access to education.
Shanti Mohila are a group of 400 Rohingya refugee women and girls based in Bangladesh having fled during ‘clearance operations’ by the Tatmadaw in 2017. Shanti Mohila are represented by Legal Action Worldwide.
Later that day, Hamida appeared alongside Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur for the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar at a briefing for the press.
You can find out more about LAW’s work with Shanti Mohila and on the Rohingya Crisis here.
You can read Hamida Khatun’s statement here.
Slider image: Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)