Arash Bordbar, 26, is originally from Shiraz in Iran. Arash is the Chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and is also currently working with the CMRC as a Youth Worker. Arash is also the Co-chair of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council. Arash was awarded the Young People’s Human Rights Medal in 2016 for his advocacy on human rights in Australia and the Asia Pacific, chosen to be an Australian Ambassador since 2018 for Australia Day. He has been selected as a Peace Ambassador for One Young World in 2018 and 2019. Arash is also part of the Amnesty Refugee Advisory Group that strategises and campaigns for the resettlement process for refugees across the world. This year Arash was selected as a Women Deliver Young Leader Ambassador in 2019.
Arash will be moderating the panel " Australia and the Asia Pacific" on Friday 15 February
Conference Day Two Friday 14
Plenary: Australia & the Asia Pacific
This session will investigate the most effective role Australia can play in boosting opportunities for refugee protection in the Asia Pacific.
Arash Bordbar, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network
Guled Mire, Community leader, advocate, writer
Hafsar Tameesuddin, Human rights defender and activist
Evan Jones Asylum Access Malaysia (via video conference)
Hayso Thako, Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (via video conference)
Conference Day One Thursday 13
Plenary Showcase: Ways of working: self-representation, collaboration and reconciliation
A showcase of local and national initiatives highlighting the collaboration of multiple service providers to deliver community-defined requirements.
Speakers, Organisations/ Initatives
Joseph Youhana, National Refugee Advocacy and Advisory Group
Gulnara Abbasova, Harmony Alliance