Alumni Profiles 2011 - 2012

Ampika Saibouyai, Thailand

I have been involved in international development organizations for more than ten years. I spent the first two years of working in humanitarian aid along Thai borders where I encountered several human rights issues, such as citizenship and ESCR. It had inspired me to become a human rights activist by joining Amnesty International as the campaign manager for five years. Working with AI is valuable; I had developed greater knowledge and skills on human rights. Since 2003, I realized that human rights and democracy in Thailand has become controversial issues and it needs to be addressed. I decided to pursue my practical skills and theoretical knowledge by applying to be a part of Master of Human Rights and Democratisation program where I could strengthen and fulfill my long-term intention of working as a human rights practitioner.


Arooma Gul, Pakistan

Two years of affiliation with development sector following my MBA, introduced me to a whole new world of activism and self actualization. I was privileged to have the opportunity of learning the basics of social movements directly from the contemporary gurus of social work in Pakistan. The floods of 2010 catalyzed the process of transformation in me and my responsibilities during relief and recovery instilled a holy curiosity of learning the ways of protecting my people’s basic human rights in unforeseeable circumstances. The areas of Disaster Risk Reduction and sustainable livelihood for the vulnerable segments of society have drawn my attention in the aftermath of the floods 2010.


Bruce Amoroto, Philippines

A proud Filipino, Bruce has been involved in a variety of socio-politico-economic issues and activism for the past 11 years, working on projects and campaigns that affirm the rights of the poor, women, and LGBT people. As a "libertarian left", a feminist, and a strong believer in change, justice, and holistic development, his goal is to contribute to bringing about an Asia Pacific region that is not only developed but has a strong valuation for justice, peace and democracy. He hopes to find himself working at either the United Nations or at a similar regional/global non-profit organisation in the near future.


Dewi Ratnawulan, Indonesia

Since 1992, when I joined an NGO in Yogyakarta, my work with human rights issues has been very varied including working with community development, women and children, political prisoners, as well as women worker issues in Asia. There is a genuine concern that human rights and fundamental freedoms, including rights to life, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, have been seriously and continuously violated and undermined the region, although many countries in the region recognize and acknowledge such rights in their constitutions. These violations have been similarly violated by non-state actors, driven by ethnic, religious, cultural, and political intolerance, as well as the general breakdown and weakness of the rule of law. Therefore, I will never stop to work wiithin my capacity to promote and protect human rights.


Dilhari Pathiranage, Sri Lanka

I’m P.D. S. Dilhari from Sri Lanka. I graduated from the University of Sri Lanka and started my career initially as an Instructor and a Lecturer at the University of Colombo at the Department of English. While I was working on visiting basis at the University, I joined for an educational organization working for children’s right to education. I worked for the children’s right to education for nearly six years with the same organization directly with the Ministry of Education and the Ministers of education trying to bring about equity in education for children. Although educational standards are very high is Sri Lanka compared many south Asian countries, there are yet pockets of areas where educational standards are very low. Government had not reached many of these areas that I had worked due to financial constraints. I would like to continue working to bring about democracy to the children’s right to education in Sri Lanka after completing this course.


Fong Chi Au, Singapore

I graduated with a BA in Sociology from the National University of Singapore in 2010 and stayed on to do my MA in Southeast Asian Studies. The concept of human rights was first introduced to me during my undergraduate days and since then, issues pertaining to refugee rights, poverty and torture have been of great interest to me.

I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to live and travel extensively in Southeast Asia. This has opened my eyes to witness the necessity and urgency for addressing human rights abuses. During the course of my MA, I was also privileged to work with several Kachin individuals from Burma who generously shared their life stories with me. Learning about their resilient spirit in the face of prosecution and constant conflict has been a great source of inspiration for me.


Haibin Zhou, China

Zhou Haibin graduated from Wuhan University and Hopkins-Nanjing Centre, getting a postgraduate degree in International Law and International Relations. He worked as a journalist for 3 years, writing local political news.

With great opportunity, he has interviewed Primer Wen Jiabao and National Chief Procurator Cao Jianming in the annual NPC &CPPCC. He was invited to Germany by the Germany Government in 2010, reported on German policy on sustainable development, which only contains four journalists from China.

In China, there are many restrictions on what you can publish and do as a journalist. What I want to do is to work in international organizations after my studies in Sydney, to work for anti-poverty or help more people who need support urgently.


Hassan Nasir, Pakistan

I believe that I was a born social activist as when I found my consciousness as child, I was already listening stories about struggle for civil and political rights and democratization in Pakistan where my family was involved as well. I fully realized this when I practically started working in social development sector in my country and felt obligation to continue with the struggle. With around seven years of experience, I have worked on over range of issues related to interdisciplinary fields of democratization, development, human rights and peace including pressure building for free and fair elections, election observation, voters’ education, minorities’ rights, women’s rights, capacity building of political parties’ workers and promotion of interfaith harmony and peace coexistence. Before joining this course, I was leading a Pakistani civil society organization as its Executive Director for last around 2 and half years. After graduating from this course, I plan to continue my work at Center for Law and Development, a high-end policy advocacy center in Pakistan, where I am member of core team. My interests are more into identity rights, nationalistic movements and studies of civilizations in context of social justice & peace.


Jennifer Elms, Canada

Jennifer Elms graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts degree with joint majors in Psychology and English Literature. Over the last few years, she has traveled in numerous parts of the world including Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. In fact, her most recent project was in Mombasa, Kenya where she was stationed for three months volunteering for a small organization in which she assisted in developing programs that promoted AIDS/HIV Awareness to combat the stigmatization associated with the disease. She also headed a fundraising initiative for a local orphanage to provide beds, mattresses and food for the permanent residents. Jennifer is deeply passionate about Human Rights and would like to one day assist in the development of psychosocial rehabilitation programs for victims of war, torture and domestic violence. Her ultimate aspiration is to one day work with Amnesty International or within the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR).


Juliette Mitchell, Australia

Juliette born and raised in Sydney, Australia, having previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University, with majors in Modern European History and Spanish. After completing her undergraduate degree she spent much of the following three years travelling, particularly around Latin America, which served to promote her interest in the human rights field.

Prior to undertaking the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation she was working as a public servant at the Australian Electoral Commission and volunteers with Amnesty International and Not For Sale, an anti-trafficking organisation. Juliette’s particular areas of focus are on human trafficking and the rights of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.


Julius Matibag, Philippines

Julius Garcia Matibag, 34, is a litigator for the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL), the largest bar association of human rights lawyers in the Philippines, and a practitioner in constitutional law, human rights law, criminal law, civil law, election law, labor law and special proceedings. He has successfully practiced before the Philippine Supreme Court in the following notable cases: as counsel for Kabataan (Youth) Party-List et al. in the extension of the voters’ registration period for the May 2010 elections; the issuance of the status quo ante order which stopped the implementation of the government’s project to install radio frequency identification tags on all motor vehicles; and the validity of the Second Impeachment Complaint against then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez that led to her impeachment in the House of Representatives. He was one of the drafters of the Articles of Impeachment against the said Ombudsman.

As deputy lead counsel, he and his NUPL colleagues successfully represented the ‘Morong 43’-the 43 community doctors, nurse, midwives and health workers who were illegally arrested by military and police personnel on February 6, 2010 in Morong, Rizal province and denied of their fundamental rights and subjected to acts of torture. He was the lead counsel in the successful accreditation of Katribu (Tribemate) as a sectoral party-list for indigenous peoples in the Philippines. He is the lead counsel for Bayan Muna (People First) Party-List and NUPL et al. in the pending Philippine Supreme Court cases assailing the constitutionality of the following executive acts: the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking, a tripartite agreement among the Philippines, China and Vietnam for the seismic oil exploration in the South China Sea including the undisputed area covered by the Philippine territory; and the Presidential Proclamation 1959 issued by then President Gloria Arroyo in December 2009 declaring martial law and suspending the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the province of Maguindanao, southern Philippines.


Kate Kondolf, United States of America

My name is Kate Kondolf and I am from the USA. I grew up in a small town in the FingerLakes region of New York State. My undergraduate degree was completed at Ithaca College in the field of Cultural Anthropology. In 2005, I spent time in India and Nepal researching the plight of Tibetan Refugees in exile. I have also worked in the field of social work, focusing primarily on elderly and people living with physical and mental disabilities. I am particularly interested in Social Justice, the Right to Education, International Law and Sustainability. I will be studying at the University of Colombo, and completing an internship in Sri Lanka in 2012.


Kedar Maharjan, Nepal & Australia

I’m Kedar Maharjan. My ethno-cultural descent is Newar, one of Nepal’s minority communities. The Newars’ historical and cultural richness is preserved in World Heritage sites around Kathmandu.

My ancestors were subsistence farmers in areas near my village birthplace. As my illiterate mother was widowed in my infancy, survival was a challenge for her and her children. My schooling was completed locally. My break came in studying medical sciences and, later, international public health, in Australia. My career background spans public health and humanitarian work in Asia and Australia. My future interests will be also focused on human rights and empowerment of disadvantaged communities around world.


Khuyen Thi Mai Nguyen, Vietnam

My name is Khuyen Nguyen, a 23-year-old person who possesses the passion on making positive changes in the disability movement in Vietnam.

I held my BA in English Studies and there seems to be no linkage between me and the content of the course: Human Rights and Democratization (Asia-Pacific) however, things always happen for a reason. I started questioning “Is God democratic?” once I was diagnosed a polio survivor and he never replied. That was the cause for my lifetime searching for a decent answer. For approximately 5 years, I have been working with disability issue and now I am a volunteer project consultant of Hanoi Disabled People Association. Before MHRD course, I had spent half a year in Denmark studying on disability rights and organizational development work.

It’s my conviction that the best advocates for disability rights are self-advocates, people with disabilities themselves. For that reason, I strongly believe that my further study on Human Rights and Democratization at University of Sydney will equip me with powerful advocacy tools and self-confidence to transform me into a small giant who adequately advocates for the fundamental human rights of persons with disability in Vietnam.


Marisa de Silva, Sri Lanka

I'm Marisa de Silva, a freelance journalist cum activist from Sri Lanka. I worked at The Sunday Times, a leading weekly newspaper back home, for about 6 years and continue to freelance for them. Since the conclusion of the 3 decade long war in our country, I've been working with Home for Human Rights, an organisation which specializes on providing free legal aid and advocacy on issues pertaining to marginalized communities. My focus was essentially on working to address the grievances of the internally displaced community in the North of our country, such as detention, resettlement, voter rights, land rights etc


Maryam Kamyarnejad, Iran

Fatima ( Maryam) Kamyarnejad from Isfahan in Iran has worked for the UN as a UNV (United Nation Volunteer) and for I.O.M (International Organization for Migration in Iran, Jordan, Nepal and Afghanistan since 2004.

In 2004 I was working for the first presidential election of Afghanistan which was also held in Iran in order that Afghan refugees could have the opportunity to vote. In 2005 I worked in Jordan for the Iraqi National Assembly election which was again another 'out of country' registration and voting mission to enable Iraqis refugees residing in Jordan to vote. For these two missions, I was a Training Officer for electoral procedures and principles as well as supervising counting processes.

In 2007 and 2008 I was working for the Assembly elections of Nepal (with UNMINl) as an Electoral Advisor for training, public outreach and logistics. I enjoyed having to walk in the mountains to work with Nepali Civic Educators. We used drama to explain the importance of participating in elections.

In 2008 and 2009, I was involved in a number of election related roles in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, where security is a serious challenge, for the presidential elections. I was evacuated from this mission due to a terrible and tragic suicide bomb attack on a UN guest house where some of my colleagues were residing. A number of my friends were killed.

In 2010, I was briefly an Electoral Advisor for the Iraqi Parliamentary election in Iran. In my missions I have always been particularly interested working with women of local communities to inform them of their rights. it is particularly important to encourage them to get actively involved in electoral processes, but it is important increase public awareness among all social groups.

In general I hope that eventually I might in some small way assist in combating threats to human rights which bedevil so many countries.


Megha Chand, Nepal

A confident, hard-working and dynamic personality along with both sound academic and professional background, I strongly believe that everything is possible unless we don’t lose our hope. I came from Nepal, a small country facing numerous allegations of human rights violations, with a strong determination and perseverance to make a difference in the field of human rights.

I had worked as a Project Coordinator in the project entitled ‘Education Program for Domestic Child Workers’ from 2006-2009 which was a Roots & Shoots, Nepal program funded by the British Council, Nepal. Roots & Shoots, Nepal is the nonprofit making local NGO which dynamically works for the welfare of the environment, animals and human beings. Before coming to Australia, I had been working as a Program Associate in the organization, Freedom Forum Nepal which is also a nonprofit making NGO consciously working for the protection and promotion of human rights.

I believe that the Master of Human Rights and Democratization Degree will enlighten my knowledge and analytical skills and will develop the confidence in me to work more passionately and enthusiastically as a Human Rights Activist.


Milan Dharel, Nepal

I am Milan from Nepal and 31 years old. I had been working with a national NGO named CWISH focused on the human rights of women, children and youth for last 11 years. I started working as program officer and left for this course from the position of Executive Director. I had also chaired network of 58 organizations in Nepal working for children's right to participation during for two years from 2009 to 2010. Being in Post conflict situation and struggling to get out from poverty, my country Nepal, has not been adequately able to defend and uphold rights of women and children. They have suffered abuse, violence, sexual abuse and exploitation, child labor and exclusion. After completing my course of MHRD, I am planning to contribute few Nepalese NGOs on enhancing the quality of their work for upholding human rights of their target group and to enhance their capacity through transforming my learning, experience and skill being a mentor.


Nicholas Leow, Singapore

Growing up and living all my life on the tiny island of Singapore with its material prosperity and the near complete absence of any Human Rights discourses present me with a temptation – to be comfortable with a myopic worldview, an “island mentality” if you will. Thankfully, a university education in sociology has opened my eyes to suffering and injustice around the world, as well as how social institutions perpetuate many of these personal grievances. I began to question the island paradise-like lull in Singapore, itself a product of social engineering. Personal encounters and experiences with sexual minorities at home have also convinced me that all is not alright at home and that the suffering of a few is the suffering of all.

To date, I have been most involved and interested in the oppression of sexual minorities by state and religious institutions, how progressive Christianity in particular presents a platform for greater social justice, as well as the memories and search for justice and reconciliation by former political detainees. I am a fresh graduate entering this wonderful Masters programme filled with experienced people from all over the world. I look forward to a very challenging and illuminating encounter!


Nishandeny Ratnam, Sri Lanka

I belong to an ethnic minority group in Sri Lanka, and human rights, peace and conflict issues have always been my interest of study. Having graduated in bachelors of Law in 2010, I wanted to go deeper in the discourse of Human rights and I am fortunate to be selected for this programme where there is also a chance of learning from, understanding and exploring different cultures, and people.

With the knowledge and experience gained from this course, I look forward to work for the better Human rights situation of Tamil community in Sri Lanka where one section of this community is struggling to achieve a political solution in the post war scenario and the other part of this ethnic group is having problems in fulfilling the very basic needs by being plantation workers.


Nixon Poya, Papua New Guinea

Nixon Poya is 28 years old and was born on the 08th of April 1983 in Mambisanda Lutheran Hospital in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. He is the second born in the family of three girls and two boys. Nixon began his primary education in 1987 to 1992 at Yombikul Primary School and successfully continued his junior high schools at Tambul High School but then transfer to Kompolopa High school and completed in the year 1996, where his father was working as an Assistance District Administrator at Baiyer River District. In the year 1999 Nixon further his studies at Mount Hagen Technical College in Heavy Equipment Diesel Fitting PETT course. While searching for employment Nixon enrolled at university of Papua New Guinea open college to further grade eleven and twelve through matriculation studies. However, with his strong motivation to excel in education has finally prompted him to won a scholarship from the Indonesian Government in 2005 to undertake Bachelors Degree in Applied Science in Social works at Bandung School of Social Welfare (STKS) in Bandung Indonesia and successfully completed his degree and was graduated on the 10th of October 2009.

I’m taking the MHRD course here at Sydney University because I really would like to reiterates firm commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and democratisation in my country. And also would like to empower the universality of human rights, as well as their indivisibility, interdependence, interrelatedness, and reaffirms its intention to continue maintain human rights in achieving universal respect for human democratisation. The promotion and protection of human rights faces significant impediments in the Asia Pacific. In contradistinction to other regions, notably Europe, Africa and the USA; Asia Pacific lacks strong regional institutions and legal frameworks, both in general, and with particular reference to human rights. The failure to respect, promote and protect human rights and the process of democratisation, particularly dire in parts of the region. Therefore I’m interested to study human rights and democratization for the future development and benefits for my developing nation Papua New Guinea.


Och Ganbayar, Mongolia

Coming with a background experience of working at the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, it is an extremely exciting opportunity to be in this year’s cohort for Maters of Human Rights and Democratization at the Sydney Uni.

I believe the course would make enormous contribution to personal development of individuals and to the capacity development of particular institutions in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. I come from a country that is rapidly evolving for ensuring human rights and upholding the principles of democratization. It is both a goal and a challenge. I consider that change for a better life begins from ourselves, thus, with increasing number of support and global engagement much can be achieved.


Petra Gimbad, Malaysia

Prior to the course, Petra served as a social worker with high-risk and marginalised children and youth. This exposed her to the nature of structural violence and the many rights it violates: particularly where sexual violence, refugee abuse, sex work, drug use and baby trafficking are concerned.

She has taught academic subjects, yoga and basic self-defence in children’s shelters and government high school and volunteered with a theatre project for physically disabled youth. She also provided para-counselling, legal information and advice within feminist and legal organisations.

As a columnist, she enjoys portraying ideas and experiences in everyday language.


Qi Wei Chew, Malaysia

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in law in 2009 from Multimedia University, Malaysia. I served the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) for one year as an officer of the Law Reform & International Treaties Working Group.

Prior to this, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Pink Triangle Foundation, a non-governmental organization focusing on communities that are highly prone to HIV/AIDS, as one of the pre-requisites for admission to the Malaysian Bar. My duty is to provide legal advice to these communities and to assist them in the awareness of their rights.

Currently, I am interested in concentrating on prevention of torture and preventive detention laws as these are eminent issues regarding human rights in my country that require urgent address.


Ravi Prakash Vyas, India

The subject of human rights is about the study, promotion, and effective protection of the inherent dignity and fundamental rights of all human beings. I am doing advocacy on various Human Rights Issues at various forums in India. The various perspectives I have been exposed to in my graduation days and the influence of my work profile and internships have not only enhanced my appreciation of these issues but also boosted my enthusiasm and kind of forced me think that there is so much to be done in the field Human Rights both at the National and International level.

Before coming here, I have had the privilege of working as an intern in National Human Rights Commission of India in Policy Research Projects and Programmes Division and submitted reports on issues related to Child Abuse, Bonded Labour and Child Labour. I was engaged in a landmark case related to rights of women (Reproductive Rights) agitated before the Apex Court of India. (SUCHITA SHRIVASTVA v. CHANDIGARH ADMINISTRATION). I am also the founder member of a Registered NGO DHARAS ® - ‘The Youth Heels The Darkness’ which is around 3 years old. The aforesaid, NGO provides free legal aid to the weaker and down trodden sections of the society.

All this has inspired me to study further in the field of Human Rights and continue my goal of becoming a Human Rights Activist. The MHRD coursework provides me opportunity to widen my knowledge and also allows me to learn the International perspective related to the field of Human Rights.


Rayilai M

A young Uyghur woman from northwest China. Passion and interest made her come to Beijing working as an assistant to a foreign journalist after university, but the career choice that has shaped her the most is working with one of the biggest HIV/AIDS NGOs in China, AIZHIXING Institute in Beijing, where she held a position from 2008 till 2010. She has also studied at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) in The University of York, with a focus on advocating the rights of minorities in China. See more about her in the following links:


Realisa Masardi, Indonesia

Realisa D. Masardi is a researcher in Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia. From 2008 to 2010, she joined a research project of PLAN Indonesia and International Research on Working Children (IREWOC) Netherland as a researcher. Within this project, she produced two reports about child labours in Indonesia: A case study of Child Labour of Asphalt and Oil Collecting in Cilacap, Central Java and A case study of girls working as Dangdut Band Singers in Yogyakarta. She previously has worked as Lecturer Assistant for tandem class of Department of Cultural Anthropology and Department of International Relation Gadjah Mada University (2007). In term of publication, Realisa has published her research paper in international journal (IREWOC online publication) and some books. She published two books of anthropological research about academic cultures in Indonesia and Germany (2008); and Ethnography of Using Tribe (2005) as contributor author. Furthermore, one paper entitled “Child Rights Issue and Media Coverage in Indonesia”: a Recommendation for Child Rights Protection in Southeast Asia (2010) has been presented in First Southeast Asia Human Rights Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Focusing on child rights issue, Realisa has been working with children for 8 years by joining Yayasan Sosial Soegijapranata, an organization for street children in Yogyakarta as facilitator. She was also occasionally engaged in a foundation for children with cancer in Sardjito Hospital, Yogyakarta. After Merapi Eruption in 2010, she with some university activists initiated ‘Komunitas Anak Ceria’, a volunteer group for children victims of Merapi Eruption. Beside conducting ‘playing and learning activity’ in several evacuation barracks in the erupting phase, Komunitas Anak Ceria continues advocating children’s development by establishing a library and children corner in one affected mountainside village. Realisa now still performs as one of board for the volunteer community.

Joining Master of Human Rights and Democratisation in University of Sydney, Realisa aspires to enhance her capacity on Human Rights issues especially on Child Rights and Minority Rights issues. As an Indonesian, she is also motivated to take part in forming ‘healthier’ stage of democracy in Indonesia. As an ambition, she dreams of establishing a Centre for Child Rights Studies in Yogyakarta for the benefit of academia and policy intervention regarding child rights issue in Indonesia.


Ridwan, Indonesia

Recently Indonesia has seen the alarming growth of radical Islam. From the radical perspective, concepts of human rights and democracy do not fit with the teachings of Islam. Both of these are seen as products of the West.

I have been working at Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (CSRC) at the State Islamic University in Jakarta as the Program Coordinator of Islam and Human Rights. Through training and research I try to introduce the idea that democracy and human rights are not only relevant to modern Indonesia, but essential to its future. Embracing these is the best choice for Indonesia as religiously, ethnically, linguistically and culturally plural society.

I believe that my participation in this prestigious program, the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific Regional Program), will broaden my knowledge and ability to strengthen Indonesia as a democratic country which respects human rights. After completing this program I am committed to continuing my work in these fields, utilizing my enhanced knowledge and skills.


Shiifat Sharmin, Bangladesh

I am Shiffat Sharmin, serving as an associate professor in the Department of Law, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Throughout my teaching career, I have been engaged to transmit a sense of mission towards my students and to disseminate my acquired knowledge among them, who would take the responsibilities for promotion of human rights and democracy in future. Apart from that, I think it is my social responsibility to assist the aggrieved people and so, I am working with BLAST (Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust), an NGO, working very actively to serve the vulnerable section of the society.

My current interest includes implementation of international human rights norms in domestic territories; people’s right to access to justice, specially the issue of women’s accessibility to justice has been the subject where I wish to undergo research activities to find out the effective means to help women to realize their rights in practice.


Shiva Dhungana, Nepal

Shiva K Dhungana is a peacebuilding professional from Nepal. Shiva has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of community development and peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He is born in a forced migrant family in exile, Assam State of India, and was grown up in rural areas in Eastern Nepal. He is extensively engaged in carrying out peacebuilding research during 2004 to 2008 and peacebuilding research and monitoring and evaluation from 2009 till date. He has done research on local peacebuilding efforts, community security, Nepal India relations in the context of Maoist insurgency in Nepal, trafficking and forced migration. Similarly, he has also done research work on implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Nepal as part of the three country research project in Nepal, Kenya and India and also done some work on refugees and IDPS in Nepal. The work on UNSCR 1325 has been published by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010. He has published articles, journal papers, monographs and books on various issues in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation./


Siripa Anuntawong, Thailand

I have conducted the undergraduate thesis “Human Trafficking: Sexual Exploitation of Thai Women in Japan” as a part of my Bachelor’s Degree of Social Science from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. The fact of human trafficking truly brings me become passionate to improve human rights among those whose rights are deprived. Besides, my internship with both government institution and NGO are valuable experience which I have been a part of helper, assisting trafficked persons reintegrate to their society. Since then, I devote my career path related to Human Rights in the issue of elimination of human trafficking.

I choose internship as my second semester pathway in order to explore deeper in area of how states and non-states actors cooperate to carry out mechanisms and practices to eradicate the trafficking networks. With course structure that I can fully perceive human right theory and apply into practice, I am surely able to enhance my capability to fight against all kind of human rights violation.


Sok Seila Bun, Cambodia

Born in 1984, while Cambodia was not fully in peace after Khmer Rouge regime, Sokseila BUN wishes to work as a professional human right advocate in his future career. Seila used to work for several human right NGOs such as International Justice Mission, UNICEF collaborated with Ministry of Justice of Cambodia, and East West Management Institute- Program on Right and Justice. With these NGOs, Seila worked in the several field of human right issues such as anti-human trafficking, sexual exploitation on children and women and labour trafficking, juvenile justice (children in conflict with the law), right to peaceful assembly, freedom of speech as well as right to freedom of association. Seila obtained his BBA in management in 2005. In 2008, he received another Bachelor’s degree in Law in Cambodia and his master’s degree in Law from Graduate School of Law of the Transnational Law and Business University, Korea in 2010.


Surya Raju Mattimalla, India

I am born in a country called INDIA where humans are not humans but humans and sub-humans in front of Hindus/Muslims based on the birth of caste. Hindu communities in India treat me Untouchable/sub-human because I am born in this Untouchable community called MADIGA. We are Untouchables for the last 4000 years. We have to live separately from the distance of Hindus. Our localities called MADIGA GHETTOS/HAMLETS. I am a son of a cobbler (Untouchable profession) father and daily wage laborer mother. I have studied my ALL education from the schools meant for HINDUS by sitting corner. I am a first generation student from this Untouchable/Unseeable/Unapproachable/Unshawdoble MADIGA ghetto/hamlet who studied10th, 12th, B.A., M.A., M.Phil and studied Racism course from Brazil country. I am fighting for the basic human rights of my community such as right to drink, right to sit, right to protect human dignity and self-respect, right to wear foot wears, right to speak and right to walk, right to wear white cotton dress in public spaces in front of Hindus and Muslims in the villages. Unfortunately 85% of India lives in villages. I want to stop atrocities perpetrated by Hindus on my community. According to National Crime Report Bureau, every 1 hour 3 Untouchable girls are getting raped, every 3 hours 5 untouchable boys are getting killed, every 6 hours 7 untouchable houses are getting burnt by the Hindus in India.

N.B: I am able to come here with the financial support of Madam Navitha, a Roman Catholic Tamil Christian and Bharat Bhushan Sir, a Protestant Christian. I am a Christian by religion and faith. Because Colonial British Christians have come to my Untouchable ghettos and touched us and permitted us to read and write with love and affection.


Xiaomeng Qi, China

This is Jenny QI from China. Graduated from a law school and also got a double-degree of International Economics and Trades. Just finished her second-year master of Human Rights Law in China University of Political Science and Law which is the most famous law school in China. With the curiosity of outside world, she volunteered in a Cambodia human rights NGO for five weeks and then came to University of Sydney for this human rights and democratization course during her one year break of master study in China. With the impact of her parents both of whom are doctors, she was always searching for a way to save people not only from their physical diseases but also to meet their mental needs. Finally she made up her mind to be a human rights defender.


Yang Chen, China

Before joining the MHRD program, I majored in Korean and studied at Law School of National University of Seoul for a year. My previous working experience was mainly with international cooperatives. However, charity work and human rights issues have always been one of my passions. Through professional human rights studies and internship at NGOs, I hope I would be able to work independently as a project manager in related field in the future, especially in gender rights, child protection and developmental rights.