Yasmin Ullah

Rohingya social justice activist

Region(s): Asia
Country of focus: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand
Based in Canada


Current Occupation: Rohingya social justice activist
Language: English


The Journey of Love: Rohingya Maìyafuìnor Collaborative Network Altsean Burma Sep 14, 2023

Panel Discussion on Human Rights violations in Myanmar Video UN Human Rights Council Jun 22, 2023

Has the world forgotten about the Rohingya? Al Jazeera Inside Story video May 25, 2022

US Declares Myanmar’s Treatment of Rohingya Minority a ‘Genocide’ Voice of America Mar 21, 2022

Expert Roundtable: The Rohingya Genocide PILPG Jan 29, 2021

Yasmin Ullah  essay on Rohingya and the coup in Myanmar  BBC World Service audio @ 11 minutes Mar 6, 2021

Who is responsible for Rohingya refugees rescued at sea? Al Jazeera Inside Story Feb 28, 2021

Is This The End of Myanmar’s Quasi-Democracy? IPS News Agency Feb 22, 2021

What Myanmar’s coup means for the Rohingya NPR Feb 11, 2021

Sania Farooqui in conversation with Rohingya social justice activist Yasmin Ullah Sani Farooqui Show You Tube Feb 21, 2021

Is the Myanmar coup a turning point for the Rohingya?  Inside Story Al Jazeera English Feb 17, 2021

Why Myanmar’s persecuted ethnic groups must stand united against the military OPED Washington Post Sept 16, 2019

Rohingya women raise their voices AlJazeera Podcast: The Take Sept 11, 2020

Interview with Yasmin Jullah Voices in Exile

‘Historic day for international justice’: UN Rohingya ruling brings glimmer of hope CBC News Jan 24 2020

How The Rohingya Community Is Reacting To Aung San Suu Kyi’s ICJ Speech NPR Dec 13, 2019

Building Women Up: Interview with Stand Canada

Rohingya women call for justice

Rohingya hail UN ruling ordering Myanmar to prevent genocide

Yasmin Ullah (@YasminJUllah) is a Rohingya feminist, author, poet, and a social justice activist. She was born in the Northern Arakan state of Burma/Myanmar. Her family fled to Thailand in 1995 when she was a child and she remained a refugee until moving to Canada in 2011.

Yasmin is the founder and the executive director of the Rohingya Maìyafuìnor Collaborative Network which is a women-led, Rohingya-led and refugee-led organization working on Rohingya human rights issues, SGBV (sexual and gender-based violence), education and translocal solidarity with a focus on women, peace and security as well as intersectionality framework. She previously served as the President of the Rohingya Human Rights Network (2018-2020), a non-profit group led by activists across Canada advocating and raising public awareness of the Rohingya genocide.

She was elected chair of the ALTSEAN-Burma board in September 2022 and re-elected in October 2023. She is a board member of the US Campaign for Burma, and a member of the steering committee in Bridges MM-Myanmar Youth Dialogue project. Yasmin is a Minority Fellow at the United Nations as of 2023.

Among the projects she has worked on are, Time to Act: Rohingya Voices exhibition with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Genocide Learning Tool: Us vs. Them with the Montréal Holocaust Museum. Her poetry is published in the anthology, I Am A Rohingya along with other Rohingya poets from the refugee camps and beyond. Her creative writing encompasses other genres of writing including the recently published children’s book called Hafsa and the Magical Ring which encapsulates the experience of Rohingya children living in the camps after fleeing a 2017 genocidal campaign in Myanmar while reconciling current displacement and loss of culture.

In 2021, she was named on the FemiList100, the Gender Security Project list of 100 women from the Global South, working in foreign policy, peacebuilding, law, activism, and development.