Bureau Members

Sultana Kamal – Chairperson

Kamal is a Bangladeshi human rights lawyer and activist who currently serves as the Chairperson of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB). She was the former Executive Director of Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK).  She is also the Co-chair of International Chittag​o​ng Hill Tracts Commission and leads campaigns against violence against women and environmental issues.

Kamal was appointed as advisor for President Iajuddin Ahmed’s caretaker government during Bangladesh’s political crisis in 2006. In 1971, she joined the Mukti Bahini – Bangladesh’s freedom fighters during The Liberation War – and was a co-founder of the Bangladesh Field Hospital in Agartala. Kamal was one of four women to receive the CNC’s Special Commendation for her role in the war. Canadian human rights group Rights and Democracy awarded Kamal with the John Humphrey Freedom Award in 1996. ​

Mohamed Latheef – Co-chairperson

Latheef is a Maldivian journalist and the current Human Rights Ambassador of the Maldives. He is a former parliamentarian and co-founded the Maldives Democratic Party – the first and largest political party in the Maldives, which won the country’s first multi-party elections and ended the 30 year dictatorship of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2008. Latheef was educated in Sri Lanka, where he has also spent a significant amount of time in self-imposed exile.​

 

D. J. Ravindran – India

Ravindran is an Indian lawyer and human rights activist. He has worked as Legal Officer for Asia for the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva. He has worked as Director of Human Rights Division with the UN missions in East Timor, Libya and the Sudan. He has also worked in Cambodia and Uganda with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ravindran was instrumental in setting up of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia). He was the Secretary of the UN International Inquiry Commission on East Timor.

Dr. Aminath Jameel – the Maldives

She holds a BSc Degree in Nursing, a Certificate in Midwifery, and a MSc Degree in Community Health Nursing from Madras University. She also has a PhD in Health Science from La Trobe University, Australia. Jameel began her career as a trainer of healthcare workers and initiated the Diploma Nursing Program in the Maldives and has vast academic experience at University Malaya, Malaysia and College of Higher Education, Maldives. Dr. Jameel has held membership at several national committees and boards and has volunteered in community developmental activities, especially on women’s issues. She founded Aged Care Maldives, the first NGO aimed at the ageing population of Maldives. She was also the Minister of Health in President Nasheed’s government.

Mohammad Tahseen – Pakistan

Tahseen is a Pakistani civil society activist and the Founding Director of South Asia Partnership Pakistan – one of Pakistan’s largest NGOs, working on uplifting and empowering vulnerable groups such as peasants, women and religious minorities. He is a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the Pakistan NGO Forum, for which he was the first Secretary.
Tahseen has also served as Chairperson for a number of rights organisations including the Pakistan National Committee of IUCN, and the Building Bridges Project of Forum International de Montreal. He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration the University of Punjab, Lahore, and is a recipient of the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human Rights Award. He is serving as the National Convenor of the Pakistan Civil Society Forum (PCSF) a representative forum of more than 53 CSOs working for the respect of fundamental rights, peace, good governance and justice in Pakistan.

Tahirih Qurratulayn- Sri Lanka

Tahirih is an Independent Consultant in the Development sector, with over 30 years of experience working in the health, humanitarian and development sectors for vulnerable of women and children. Her experiences cover a wide array of related fields including gender, conflict sensitivity, protection, disaster risk reduction and human rights related themes with a main focus on women and child rights.
As a child rights advocate she had been able to assist organization in developing their “Child Protection Policy” (CPP) document with local mechanisms & laws. This is to protect children from Abuse and Exploitation when working with adults in project and programmes.

Tahirih holds a Graduate Certificate in Civil Society Initiative in Peace Building from the School of International Training in Boston, USA. She has conducted Training of Trainers on “Good Prison Management “(prisoners rights) , Women ,Juveniles & Access to Justice at Penal Reform International UK . She has been a Regional Trainer on “Child Led Disaster Risk Reduction” (CLDRR) for Save the Children UK/ Sweden and has been involved in many training activities in knowledge management & capacity building with the Government and the development sectors( INGOs & NGOs)
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Human Rights and a Consultant for Professional Service Providers (PTV) Ltd

Lakshan Dias – Sri Lanka

Dias is a Sri Lankan lawyer, human rights activist. He is a member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and a leading partner of law firm Lakshan Dias Associates, which he founded in 2009. As an activist, Dias works predominantly on human rights issues such as migrant workers, refugees and religious minorities. He briefly served as Chairperson of Transparency International Sri Lanka, was CEO of YMCA Sri Lanka, and Programme Manager for Centre for Human Rights and Development Sri Lanka. He holds a degree from Sri Lanka Law College.

Saroja Sivachandran – Sri Lanka

Saroja Sivachandran is a Sri Lankan woman and Human rights activist and Executive Director of Center for Women and Development, a National NGO based in Jaffna focusing on empowering women particularly in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. She has worked extensively in the field of women’s rights in the North of Sri Lanka, both during the war and after its conclusion in 2009. Saroja is a Board Member of the National Peace Council based in Colombo and was a member of the National Committee on Women, formed by the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment. She has also served as a council member for the University of Jaffna, and President of Council of Non-Governmental Organisations – Jaffna District. Saroja holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Peradeniya and a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Jaffna. She also has studied LLB from the University of Colombo. Saroja has gained experience working as a lecturer in the University of Peradeniya and a senior lecturer at the Sri Lanka foundation Institute, Colombo .