Yasmin is a Rohingya from the township of Buthidaung in Rakhine state. She has personally lived in a refugee camp in Thailand prior to migrating to Canada. She is currently studying Political Science at the Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Yasmin's courage and relentless efforts on the cause is an example of Rohingya women in leadership. She is the president of our network.
Saima is a well renowned activist in Calgary who is highly engaged with multiple communities in southern Alberta. She has founded, led, and won numerous awards for her services to various civil society organizations in and around Calgary. She has traveled to the Rohingya refugee camps following the 2017 Rohingya massacre, produced a short documentary clip, and has advocated on the plight of the Rohingya ever since her return.
Memuna was born and brought up in Burma before she migrated to the United Kingdom and then to Canada. She has written a book on her multi-cultural experiences growing up in the Shan state of Burma, entitled "Where Flowers Bloom - Memories of Burma". Memuna has led rallies, spoken at universities, and given numerous interviews to mainstream media in Saskatchewan. Her familiarity and understanding of both Muslim and Buddhist beliefs, and of the cultural practices in Myanmar, give her the unique ability to view the situation from various angles. She understands the position not only of the Rohingya, but is also aware of the difficulty faced by countries wishing to intervene. She has no illusions about the political complexities within the country, and realizes that a quick resolution of the problem by the current regime is not an easy task.
Humaira leads several organizations in Winnipeg that focus on advocacy for social justice and equality. She is outspoken on the issues surrounding aboriginal communities, newcomers, and immigrants. She has led rallies for the Rohingya, organized talk sessions, and engaged other organizations in southern Manitoba to become a voice for the Rohingya.
Jean-Francois is a consultant on issues of social justice and international development. He is the founder and former Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, the leading organization creating political will in Canada to contribute to ending global poverty. He has recently led the research and developed the methodology for the first report on ultra-poverty, i.e., the bottom segment of those living in extreme poverty worldwide. Jean-Francois brings years of experience in supporting the growth, development, and empowerment of citizen advocacy groups in Africa and around the world. Earlier, he had had a long career in the Federal Government, holding positions of Senior Negotiator, Director and Chief Federal Negotiator of Aboriginal Land Claims, and subsequently of Director General and Secretary General at the Public Service Commission.
Fareed Khan brings 30+ years of experience in public affairs, government relations, and strategic communications in the development and implementation of public policy advocacy and communications strategies. His work has addressed a broad spectrum of issues across a wide range of policy portfolios, including human rights, civil liberties and anti-racism. In 2017 Fareed sponsored a petition for the Rohingya that successfully gathered 50,000+ signatures. Fareed has spoken at rallies, vigils, and other public events on the Rohingya. His advocacy efforts has gained him local and national media attention. He has given numerous interviews at CBC, CTV, Global TV, the Globe and Mail, Al-Jazeerah, and other media outlets.
Sabina is a Montreal based, Bengali-Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and blogger dedicated to empowering people to facilitate positive change in the world. She calls herself an "arctivist" (activisit-artist), and her mission is to contribute to healing, enlightment, and consciousness evolution through her art, music, and writings. She has acted in the film "Rumi's Ocean of Oneness", and is about to release her first music album "Rosegold Touch". She is very passionate about the Rohingya cause, and she looks forward to using her art to bring awareness to the plight of the Rohingya.
Sadia has led the activities of Rohingya Human Rights Network in the Ottawa region through rallies, lectures, and active engagement with diverse civil society organizations. She is highly connected with societies that advocate for international social justice, and for the fight against Islamophobia, Xenophobia, and anti-Semitism. Among international causes, she is particularly engaged in the causes for justice in Burma and in Syria.
Ian is a writer, a school teacher for high needs children, an organic farmer, and a father of 2 most beautiful children by profession! He organized the first rally for the Rohingya in Halifax where civil society organizations from diverse communities successfully particpated in solidarity with the Rohingya. Ian has also helped bring the plight of the Rohingya to the attention of various faith groups in Nova Scotia.
Ehsan is a PhD candidate at Dalhousie University. He has written and published on the Rohingya issue, and has spoken at rallies and other events raising the awareness of the Rohingya in Nova Scotia. Ehsan also brings well established connections with Bangladeshi civil society organizations that are active at the Rohingya refugee camps near Cox Bazar.
Shudeep is a former journalist of the Daily Star, one of the largest English newspapers in Bangladesh. He has spent extensive time studying and covering the Rohingya and other indigenous communities issues with the Daily Star, as well as with other international English newspapers. Shudeep is the director of the testimonies collection efforts on-the-ground at the refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Raïss is a Rohingya from Toronto. He is an Aerospace Systems Engineer by profession. He has lived and volunteered in long term development projects in South America, the Carribean, Southern Africa, and the Middle East. At Rohingya Human Rights Network, Raïss is the Canadian liaison for the testimonies collection effort at the refugee camps.