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

Yasmin Ullah (@YasminJUllah ) is a Rohingya feminist, author, poet, and a social justice activist. She was born in the Northern Rakhine state of 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 was elected chair of the ALTSEAN-Burma (@Altsean) board for one year effective September, 2022. She addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council about atrocity crimes against the Rohingya people on June 22, 2023 during a hearing on human rights violations in Myanmar.

She is a member of the US Campaign for Burma (@uscb). She is a member of the steering committee in Bridges MM Youth Dialogue project. Yasmin served as the 2018-2020 President of the Rohingya Human Rights Network, a non-profit group led by activists across Canada advocating and raising public awareness of the Rohingya genocide.

Among the projects she has worked on are the Time to Act: Rohingya Voices exhibition with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Genocide Learning Tool with the Montréal Holocaust Museum. Her poetry is published in the anthology I Am A Rohingya. Her children’s book Hafsa and the Magical Ring was published in 2023. Hafsa is a fictional Rohingya girl who lives in a Bangladeshi refugee camp with her mother and little brother.

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, development.