Hafsar Tameesuddin

Refugee Rights Activist

Hafsar is an advocate and human rights defender. Hafsar has been widely involved in the advocacy and activism for the rights of statelessness , refugee rights, prevention and respond to sexual gender based violence and LGBTQI rights both during her time as a refugee in Malaysia and currently in New Zealand.

She worked very closely with Rohingya refugees and other refugees from Myanmar particularly in prevention and respond to sexual gender-based violence including child marriage as a Refugee Women Protection Corp [RWPC] with International Catholic Migration Committee [ICMC] for about 8 years during her time in Malaysia. She is still actively engaged with advocacy work for the refugee rights, statelessness, LGBTQI rights and prevention and responds to SGBV in New Zealand and in other countries whenever she has the opportunity to do so.

She participated at Global Refugee Forum as a refugee representative and human right defender with gender audit team and spoke at the post light session.

She is currently the deputy chair of Australia New Zealand Pacific Working Group, ANZWPG, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network [APRRN] since mid 2020, the New Zealand country coordinator of Free Rohingya Coalition [FRC], the representative of Rohingya Student Association from cox Bazar and a core working group member of global movement for statelessness led by Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) while pursuing her education.