Daniel Sullivan

Daniel P. Sullivan is the Senior Advocate for Human Rights at Refugees International (RI). Dan joined RI in April 2016 as Senior Advocate focusing on Myanmar, Central America, and other areas affected by mass displacement. Dan spent the previous five years with United to End Genocide (formerly Save Darfur), first as a Senior Policy Analyst then as Director of Policy and Government Relations, leading strategic planning, report writing, and development of policy recommendations on Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. He has over a decade of human rights and foreign policy experience having worked for the Brookings Institution, Human Rights First, and the Albright Stonebridge Group, where he assisted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in her role as co-chair of the Genocide Prevention Task Force. Dan has been a featured speaker at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the London School of Economics, and before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Senate Human Rights Caucus. He has done several media interviews including with Radio France International, CBC Radio, Al-Hurra TV, and Voice of America TV and his work has been published in The Journal of Modern African Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, The Hill, Huffington Post, and The Nation. Dan has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Harvard University.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Defense of Genocide

Dec 13, 2019

The specter of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, standing before the UN’s highest legal body to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide is striking. Suu Kyi was once the revered face of international human rights, but she is now defending the most indefensible of crimes. But beyond...

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

Jan 02, 2019

Bangladesh and the UN must continue to work together to improve the conditions for nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. The year 2018 was a dire and desperate year for the Rohingya minority from western Myanmar. Two-thirds of the population that had been living in western Rakhine State before the end...

What You Missed in the UN Rohingya Report

Sep 05, 2018

The report is damning in its conclusions that the UN “demonstrably failed” in its approach in Myanmar, prioritizing democratic and development efforts at the expense of human rights. On August 27, the UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released a devastating report concluding that the country’s military leaders should...

The Other Ethnic Crisis in Myanmar

Jan 10, 2018

Displacement and human rights abuses in northern Myanmar underscore the need for international pressure on Myanmar’s military. With more than 650,000 people fleeing their homes, the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority by the Myanmar military has reached unprecedented proportions. But patterns of serious human rights abuses and restrictions on...

Suu Kyi Continues Denial of Rohingya Abuses

Apr 07, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi continued a pattern of denial and unwillingness to criticize the Myanmar military over crimes against the Rohingya.  In a rare interview with an international news network, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi downplayed atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in the country’s Rakhine State and dismissed...

Abuse of Rohingya Must Be Investigated

Feb 13, 2017

There is too little access and too little known about possible ongoing abuses in Rakhine State. International humanitarian and human rights groups, including Refugees International, have long called for an independent international investigation into abuses of the Rohingya population and the blockage of life-saving aid in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The government of Myanmar’s...

Humanitarian Access More Than “Necessary” in Myanmar

Jan 09, 2017

The international community must continue to demand access and not accept simple ambiguous statements from the Myanmar government. A new dangerous dynamic has been unleashed in western Myanmar since the October 2016 attack by a group of Rohingya militants and the subsequent Burmese army crackdown on the general Rohingya population...

Ignoring the Plight of the Rohingya is a Mistake

Apr 02, 2016

The State Department’s minimization of the plight of the Rohingya is sending dangerous, mixed messages to Myanmar and its neighbors. The US State Department’s recent declaration of the Islamic State (IS) being responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, captured headlines across the globe. The news came...

“Strong Evidence” of Genocide Raises Stakes in Myanmar

Oct 30, 2015

Genocide is the most serious charge that can be levied in international law and should not be taken lightly. The existence of persecution, severe human rights abuses and a high risk of mass atrocities has long been recognized in Myanmar. But now a newly released assessment finds “strong evidence” that...

Flight of the Rohingya

May 31, 2015

The realities that over 150,000 Rohingya refugees face are filled with risk, fear and uncertainty. Imagine the choice between throwing your fate into the hands of notoriously abusive human traffickers or staying in a place facing the highest risk of genocide in the world. This is the choice faced by hundreds of thousands...

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