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SOUTHEAST ASIA WORKING GROUP DEPUTY CHAIR, MATHILDA HO

Mathilda Ho is the Founder and Partnerships Coordinator at Advocates For Refugees – Singapore (AFR-SG), a volunteer-led ground up movement aimed at promoting the humane and dignified treatment of refugees and displaced persons through awareness campaigns, research, and partnerships.  Mathilda … Continue reading

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‘All human beings are the same under the sky. Everyone needs love and respect, so do refugees.’ – said Htu Lai Magawng for our very first interview piece

What do you see as the greatest accomplishments in advancing protection for refugees in your specific context in the past few years? Although I have participated in advocacy, there has been no advancements in rights on behalf of the government … Continue reading

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Youth Working Group Deputy Chair, Htu Lai Magawng

Htu Lai Magawng belongs to the Kachin ethnic from Myanmar. She believes women in leadership, and decision making positions are as vital in the pursuit of community development, peace, and social equity. Her foresight and vision to unite Burmese refugee … Continue reading

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Youth Working Group Chair, Hayat Akbari

Hayat Akbari is a former refugee from Afghanistan currently living in Australia. He is currently pursuing his Law degree at Macquarie Law school at Macquarie University. Before this, Hayat graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Law and International … Continue reading

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Women, Gender, and Diversity Working Group Deputy Chair, Ryan Figueiredo

Ryan is the founder and Executive Director of  Equal Asia Foundation – a regional LGBTIQ+ non-profit think-tank and innovations incubator with offices in Amsterdam and Bangkok. Equal AF’s work is focused on future scoping and future-proofing around issues such as … Continue reading

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Women, Gender, and Diversity Working Group Chair, Apajok Biar

Apojak has worked hard over the last few years to advocate for the solutions that will better the lives of refugees. She has experience with South Sudan Voices of Salvation, and as the co-founder and chair enhanced her abilities to … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia Working Group Chair, Julio Achmadi

Julio is a human rights defender based in Indonesia. For the past six years, he has been advocating for a stronger protection of refugee rights in his home country of Indonesia. As a non-signatory country of the 1951 Refugee Convention … Continue reading

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South Asia Working Group Deputy Chair, Wais Aria

Wais Aria is an Afghan graduate of Kabul Medical University and has worked as  a human right activist for almost 20 years. He has worked  in Europe with Afghan refugees and is a member of different human right and refugee … Continue reading

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South Asia Working Group Chair, Hamsa Vijayaraghavan

Hamsa is currently working at Migration and Asylum Project (MAP)/ The Ara Trust, which has been a member of APRRN since it was established in 2013.  The South Asia Working Group (SAWG) is demographically the largest in APRRN, with well … Continue reading

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Rohingya Working Group Deputy Chair, Chris Lewa

Chris Lewa is the founder and Director of the Arakan Project (AP). For the past 20 years, AP and its field team of Rohingya researchers have engaged in documentation and advocacy on the Rohingya’s human rights in Myanmar and on … Continue reading

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