Statement on the Plight of the Rohingyas – for immediate release
20 November 2017
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Since 26 August 2017, over 600,000 Rohingyas have been exiled into neighboring Bangladesh due to a pre-planned and systematic ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar government and army.

This is one of the largest forced migrations in recent times, and puts the Rohingyas as a community at risk of extinction from their native Arakan province.

The participants in the Dhaka Lit Fest express sympathy for the refugees, and wish to keep the news of this unfolding situation at the forefront of global consciousness.

The Dhaka Lit Fest urges the global community, governing bodies, rights groups, and media to stand up and support these refugees, and to hold accountable those who have orchestrated the violence leading to this catastrophe.

The full list of signatories


Ahsan Akbar

Alex Preston

Ameerah Haq

André Naffis-Sahely

Anisul Hoque

Bee Rowlatt

Belal Ehsan Baaquie

Ben Okri

Catherine Lacey

Charles Glass

David Hare

Deepak Unnikrishnan

Dominic Ziegler

Esther Freud

Fakrul Alam

Firdous Azim

Garga Chatterjee

Jesse Ball

John Makinson

John Ralston Saul

Kaiser Haq

Kamila Shamsie

Kazi Anis Ahmed

Kazi Nabil Ahmed

Kelly Falconer

Khademul Islam

Lionel Shriver

Luba Khalili

Luke Neima

Mahrukh Mohiuddin

Mohammed Hanif

Manjula Narayan

Nadeem Zaman

Nadia Kabir Barb

Nandana Sen

Naomi Hossain

Nasreen Sattar

Nayantara Sahgal

Nicole Farhi

Philip Hensher

Roderick Matthews

Sadaf Saaz

Samrat Choudhury

Sandro Kopp

Shaheen Akhter

Shamsad Mortuza

Shashi Tharoor

Sharbari Ahmed

Shobhaa De

Stephen Alter

Sudeep Chakravarti

Syed Badrul Ahsan

Tahmima Anam

Talal Ahmed Chowdhury

Tariq Ali

Tilda Swinton

William Dalrymple

Vijay Seshadri

Zafar Sobhan

Zia Haider Rahman

Zulfiqer Russell

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