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ARU’s Testimony at US Congress Hearing on Human Trafficking, “Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”

RB News
May 1, 2014

Washington, D.C. -- US House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations conducted a hearing on global human trafficking, “Effective Accountability: Tier Rankings in the Fight Against Human Trafficking”. The Honorable Mark Lagon, Global Politics and Security Chair, Georgetown University (Former Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State), Mr. Brian Campbell, Director of Policy and Legal Programs, International Labor Rights Forum, Mr. Blair Burns, Vice President of Regional Operations, Southeast Asia International Justice Mission, Ms. Nathalie Lummert, Director, Special Programs Migration and Refugee Services, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General, Arakan Rohingya Union testified before the Sub-committee on global human trafficking in various parts of the world. The streaming of the entire hearing event may be viewed at:

ARU-DG Dr. Wakar Uddin testified at the US Congress hearing
Sub-committee Chairman Chris Smith and ARU-DG Dr. Wakar Uddin

Smuggling and trafficking of Rohingya from Arakan state, Burma, to Southeast Asian countries, particularly Thailand and Malaysia, were some of the most serious issues at the hearing. Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union, provided extensive coverage on trafficking of Rohingya victims of persecution, violence, and ethnic cleansing, who are exploited by shady smuggling rings in Arakan. The written testimony is as follows:

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