Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Working Group Deputy Chair, Sajjad Askary

A former Hazara refugee from Afghanistan, now based in Australia, Sajjad Askary is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in International Relations and Human Rights) and a current student of law (Juris Doctor) at Monash University’s Law School in Australia. Sajjad is a commentator on refugee rights, human rights, foreign policy, Afghanistan & Australia. His articles have been featured in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, and the Diplomat.

Sajjad is a public speaker, storyteller, human rights and refugee advocate, and panel moderator with national and global work experience in human rights and refugee issues. He has worked with leading NGOs throughout Australia, including the Human Rights Watch Australia, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, GetUp!, Community Four and Liberty Victoria. He has also helped refugee communities through community-based organizations such as the Noor Foundation, Hazara Pioneers, and Victorian Afghan Association Network.

Sajjad’s expertise as an emerging refugee advocate and his lived experience as a refugee have been recognised internationally through public-speaking engagements at the World Bank and international refugee-led organizations in the United States. He participated in the Global Summit of Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland in 2018 and 2019 as a nominated Australian delegate to the United Nations and Refugee Agency Headquarters.

Sajjad aspires to channel his passion and integrity into human rights and refugee causes for the benefit of people seeking asylum around the world. He is keen to continue his work as a Deputy Chair of the APRRN Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Working Group. 

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