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 Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. Yasmin has spoken at numerous rallies, the Canadian Parliament, and various national and local news channels on the plight of the Rohingya. 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.
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.
Tayab is a Rohingya from Zawmated village of Maungdaw township. He has lived in the refugee camps of Thailand and Cambodia prior to coming to Canada. While in the refugee camps, he worked hard for the rights of fellow refugees - for their recognition and for humanitarian aid. In Winnipeg, he has led rallies, spoken to the media, and has given talks at Amnesty, the Canadaian Museum of Human Rights, and the University of Manitoba events.
Dr. Jamil is the President of ICNA Regina and its Civic Engagement In-charge for the West Region. She brings years of experience working with local, national, and international NGOs. She is a strong advocate for youth empowerment, women's empowerment, social justice, and the fight against Islamophobia. She holds a PhD. in Botany with years of experience in research and teaching. Dr. Jamil has received several awards, including the Volunteer of the Year award by the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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.
Lan Pham is a licensed legal barrister in Ontario. She is currently working as a legal analyst at the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In January 2018, she visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Balukhali, Tenkhali, and Kutupalong. Prior to that, she has traveled and volunteered in Mauritius, Argentina, and Vietnam.
Shofi is a Rohingya community leader in Quebec City. He is one of the first Rohingya refugees who were settled in Quebec city, and hence he has helped many other newly arrived Rohingya refugees to resettle in Quebec. Prior to coming to Canada, Shofi lived for 15 years inside the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Shofi has spoken at rallies and given interviews to TVA, Radio-canada, le Soleil, and other news agencies. He has also liaised with Canadian musuems regarding Rohingya exhibits and programming.
Zainab Arkani is Rohingya community leader, activist, and teacher. She and her husband started the first ever Rohingya weekend school in Kitchener, Ontario, where they teach Rohingya language and help Rohingya children excel in their studies. Zainab is the original writer of the first ever "I am Rohingya" production in Canada, which was a play funded by the Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo. Zainab has spoken at numerous events & rallies for the Rohingya, and has even presented at the Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights. She and her husband have served the Rohingya community in Kitchener for 20 years; they have welcomed newly arrived Rohingya refugees and helped them resettle - as selfless volunteers - which they continue to do so to this date. For her outstanding services to the community, Zainab was given the Women Who Inspire award by the Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener-Waterloo. Zainab is our Director of Community Affairs.
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.
Rifat is doing his undergrad in business administration with accounting major at the University of New Brunswick. Being of Bangladeshi descent, he believes that the forced expulsion of 1 million people from Myanmar does not only impact the Rohingya, but also the Bangladeshis very much. Rifat led and organized the first ever peaceful demonstration for the Rohingya in New Burnswick. He has spoken about the Rohingya at both local & national media.
Rana is a social activist who serves as a board member to several social organizations, 3 of which she is credited for having taken the initiative of a founding member. In the wake of the Rohingya genocide, she has helped organize rallies and adressed the media in the greater Halifax region. Rana is a strong advocate on issues pertaining to social justice, poverty, racism, feminism, bullying, and Islamophobia. Her contributions have led to several awards, including the RBC's Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award of 2018.
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 documentation efforts on-the-ground at the refugee camps in Bangladesh.
Raïss is a Rohingya from Toronto. He has led campaigns, petitions, peaceful rallies, and new chapter formations of RHRN across Canada. His writings have been published in several newspapers including the Toronto Star, Le Soleil, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, etc. Following the 2017 massacre of the Rohingya, Raïss spent 1 month at the refugee camps; after which he presented at the Canadian Senate, as well as at the House of Commons. Raïss is an Aerospace Systems Engineer by profession, but his passion lies in development work on the grounds - 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 documentation efforts at the refugee camps.