Speakers

Aakar Patel
Aakar Patel

Aakar Patel is a senior journalist, podcaster, author and former head of Amnesty International India before it was shut down in 2020. An anti-establishment scribe and BJP-critic, Patel recently published his book “Our Hindu Rashtra”, in which he examines where India stands today with respect to its constitutional promise of being a secular and democratic state. Apart from his own writing, Patel in 2014 also translated the Urdu non-fiction writing of Saadat Hasan Manto.   

Aakashi Bhatt
Aakashi Bhatt

Dr Aakashi Bhatt is a practising Surgeon and a researcher at the University of Oxford. She is the daughter of Sanjiv Bhatt, a former IPS (Indian Police Service) officer of the Gujarat cadre, who is the sole surviving witness to the States complicit role and function in the Gujarat Genocide. He filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court of India and the National Commission of Minorities against the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, exposing Modi’s complicit role and function in orchestrating the 2002 Gujarat riots. Sanjiv Bhatt was falsely framed, arrested, and sentenced by means of a vitiated trial by the present regime to silence his voice. Since 2018, Sanjiv Bhatt languishes in jail; he is not only being punished for having the courage to bring out the horrific truth of the Gujarat Genocide by implicating Modi and certain hight level State functionaries in their complicit role and function in the 2002 Gujarat Riot, but also for trying to bring into light the collusion between the SIT and the very State functionaries it was established to investigate. Aakashi, along with her family are fighting the legal battle to get justice for her Father, who crusaded and continues to fight for justice for the victims of the Gujarat Pogrom.

Adama Dieng
Adama Dieng

Adama Dieng is the former Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, and former Designated Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Sudan. He served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-general and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of genocide from 2012 to 2020, and as Registrar of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 2001 to 2012. He has also served as the Secretary General of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists (1990-2000), Independent Expert for Haiti (1995-2000), Envoy of the UNSG to Malawi (1993), among others. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, produced the draft of the African Convention to Fight Corruption. He has received many honorific distinctions throughout the World for his eminent contribution in the field of Human Rights and Peace. 

Afreen Fatima
Afreen Fatima

Afreen Fatima is a student leader from Allahabad, UP. She is a prominent Muslim voice against the anti-Muslim policies of the Indian government. She is vocal on issues of minority rights, women rights, representation, identity, and Islamophobia. She has pursued MA in Linguistics at JNU, where she is also served as an elected councillor in the students’ union 2019-20 from the School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies. Formerly, she has been the elected president of Women’s College Students’ Union in the Aligarh Muslim University 2018-19. She founded Muslimah Allahabad, a community group and study circle of young Muslim women in Allahabad. She is known to have actively participated in the Anti-CAA protests that started in 2019. She faced several days long media trail after a small part of her speech was tweeted by BJP’s Sambit Patra. 

Ajit Sahi
Ajit Sahi

Ajit Sahi is a veteran Indian American civil rights activist and journalist with over 35 years of experience in the fields of human rights, civil and political liberties, religious freedom and investigative journalism. He serves as the Advocacy Director of the Indian American Muslim Council and is based in Washington, D.C. He regularly briefs members of the US Congress and officials of the United States government, including at the United States department of state. He also leads and coordinates a large coalition of civil rights organizations, which include faith based organizations, including Christian, Hindu and Muslim organizations, as well as non-faith based organizations. He has been at the forefront of building an overarching narrative about the persecution of minorities in India, connecting premier global organizations such as Amnesty international and Human Rights Watch to this advocacy. He also works actively with Genocide Watch and the United States Commission on international religious freedom. His pioneering work as an investigative reporter in India established the large-scale corruption in Indian police that led to the incarceration of thousands of innocent Muslims over decades in false and fabricated cases of terrorism. 

Alishaan Jafri
Alishaan Jafri

Alishaan Jafri is a journalist and National Foundation for India (NFI) fellow who writes for renowned news sites like The Wire, Newsclick India, Article 14, the Quint, AlJazeera and others. He focusses on documenting anti-Muslim violence in India, and his on the ground reporting has exposed hate networks and their ties to political actors. 

Aman Wadud
Aman Wadud

Aman Wadud is a human rights lawyer based in Assam, India. He provides legal services and support to people who are at risk of being stripped of their citizenship rights owing to the National Register of Citizens (‘NRC’) process. Wadud led the initiative called ‘Samvidhan Kendra’ or Constitution Centres in various parts of Assam for bridging the gap between common people and the lawyers, judges, and activists. In 2019, he co-founded an organization called ‘Justice and Liberty Initiative’, and petitioned the Indian Supreme Court to release more than 350 detainees from detention centers. Recently, he received the Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship for 2021-22 at the University of Texas School of Law.  

Anantanand Rambachan 
Anantanand Rambachan 

Anantanand Rambachan is Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Asian Studies at Saint Olaf College. He is also co-president of Religions for Peace. Rambachan has been involved in the field of interreligious relations and dialogue for over 30 years, as a Hindu participant and analyst. He is the author of several books including The Advaita WorldviewGod, World and Humanity (SUNY Press, 2012), Theology of Liberation: Not-Two is Not One (SUNY Press, 2014), Essays in Hindu Theology (Fortress, 2019). His writings include a series of commentaries on the Ramayana. The British Broadcasting Corporation transmitted a series of 25 of his lectures around the world. 

Arjun Sethi
Arjun Sethi

Arjun Singh Sethi is a community activist, human rights lawyer, author and law professor based in Washington, DC. He works closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities and is the editor of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, an NPR Best Book of 2018. He holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and co-chairs the American Bar Association’s National Committee on Homeland Security, Terrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants. 

Angana Chatterji
Angana Chatterji

Angana P. Chatterji is Co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Initiative, Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley. A cultural anthropologist, Dr. Chatterji focuses her work on issues of political conflict, majoritarian nationalism, religion in the public sphere, and reparatory justice and cultural survival. In Kashmir, Chatterji co-founded and co-convened (2008-2012) the People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice. Chatterji’s recent scholarship is focused on political violence and coloniality in Kashmir; prejudicial citizenship in India and the delimits of absolute nationalism; and concurrently, her research also focuses on questions of belonging and legacies of conflict across South Asia. Chatterji’s publications include: BREAKING WORLDS: Religion, Law, and Nationalism in Majoritarian India; The Story of Assam (2021, Lead Author); Majoritarian State: How Hindu Nationalism is Changing India (2019, co-editor); Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal (2016, lead author); Kashmir: The Case for Freedom (2011, co-author); Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India’s Present (2009); and the report, BURIED EVIDENCE: Unknown, Unmarked and Mass Graves in Kashmir (2009, lead author). In October 2019, she testified at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing focused on Kashmir. Her recent work examines the mobilization of anti-Muslims hate in India today. 

Anurima Bhargava
Anurima Bhargava

Anurima Bhargava is a Commissioner for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.   

Avinash Kumar
Avinash Kumar

Avinash Kumar is the former Executive Director at Amnesty International India. He was a Charles Wallace Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University. Avinash is a Ph.D. scholar of Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Earlier, he had worked with Oxfam GB and Oxfam India and he was also the Director of Programmes and Policy at WaterAid India. He taught at Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University and was a research editor at the SARAI Programme of Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). 

Aysha Renna
Aysha Renna

Aysha Renna is a Muslim Woman activist from India. One of the prominent leaders of the protest movement against the Citizenship Amendment Act that sparked off from the Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia, she is currently the national secretary of Fraternity Movement. A post-graduate in History from JMI, New Delhi, Aysha has been at the forefront of the struggles of the marginalised communities across the country. Hailing from Kondotty in Kerala, Aysha was also the Vice President of YES India, a non-governmental organisation working for the students in the coastal north of the state.

Ben Grazda
Ben Grazda

Ben Grazda currently leads the Tech Accountability Project at The Signals Network, an organization that supports whistleblowers and helps coordinate international media investigations that speak out against corporate misconduct and human rights abuses. He previously served as the Student Lead for the London School of Economics’ Maryam Forum Co-Lab on Democracy and Disinformation and wrote his MSc dissertation on Facebook and WhatsApp’s role in facilitating disinformation in the US and India. Before LSE, he worked for humanitarian organizations in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, at the US Senate, and as a researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars.

Brahmachari Atmabodhananda
Brahmachari Atmabodhananda

Brahmachari Atmabodhananda is a former computer science student from Kerala, and a full time resident and community member of Matri Sadan Ashram, Haridwar. He is a spiritual student of Swami Shivanand Saraswati, the Founder and Spiritual Leader of Matri Sadan Ashram. The ashram is devoted to environmental justice, climate action, and in particular, saving the Ganga River.

Christopher Tuckwood
Christopher Tuckwood

Christopher Tuckwood is the Executive Director of the Sentinel Project, a Canadian non-profit organization that assists communities threatened by mass atrocities worldwide through direct cooperation with the people in harm’s way and the innovative use of technology. He is also working as Principal of Hatebase, the world’s largest structured repository of regionalized, multilingual hate speech. He has also served as Project Leader for the Una Hakika project in Kenya that works to counter misinformation and reduce conflict. 

David Shoebridge
David Shoebridge

David Shoebridge is an Australian politician, former barrister, and social justice activist serving as member of the New South Wales Legislative Council for the Australian Greens. During a rise in politically motivated violence against Sikhs in Australia, David Shoebridge expressed concern and called on the federal, state politicians across parties to call out such far right extremist violence and stand with the communities under attack. He has also participated in campaigns organized by the Indian diaspora, including a campaign on India’s Republic Day 2022 to release the Delhi 18. 

Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Elisa von Joeden-Forgey

Elisa von Joeden-Forgey is assistant professor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University and co-president of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, and Endowed Chair of the Department for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and Keene State College. An experienced scholar with a demonstrated history of working the field of genocide prevention, she specifically examines genocide as a gendered experience. She has also served as the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University, where she started the first graduate-level academic certificate program in Genocide Prevention. She is currently completing a book on gender and the prevention of genocide which will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. 

Fr. Cedric Prakash
Fr. Cedric Prakash

Fr. Cedric Prakash is a Jesuit Priest and is also a human rights, peace and reconciliation activist. He is also a prolific writer on these subjects. He was the founder-director of ‘Prashant’ the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for human rights, justice and peace. For three years (2016-2018) he was the Advocacy and Communications director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Middle East Region, based in Beirut, Lebanon; in that capacity he worked among the refugees/internally displaced persons in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. Fr. Prakash was one of those voices who highlighted the gruesome realities of the Gujarat Carnage of 2002 and has over the years, with others, relentlessly accompanied the cause of the victim survivors in their quest for justice. He is the recipient of several international/national awards. Today, he continues his advocacy work from Ahmedabad and is deeply engaged in civil society concerns and responses to growing human rights violations in the country. 

Gregory Stanton
Gregory Stanton

Gregory H. Stanton is the Founding President of Genocide Watch and the Chair of the Alliance Against Genocide. He was a Research Professor in Genocide Studies at George Mason University and was the James Farmer Professor in Human Rights at the University of Mary Washington. He was a Berkeley fellow at the Indian Law Institute in 1978 – 79. He directed the relief program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia following the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge regime. He founded the Cambodian Genocide Project in 1982. While in the State Department, he drafted the UN Security Council Resolutions that established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He was a driving force in the establishment of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Haroon Kasim
Haroon Kasim

Haroon Kasim is the Co-Founder of The Humanism Project (THP) and Executive Director of the International Council of Indian Muslims (ICIM). Haroon has been involved in extensive political, policy and civil society advocacy campaigns within Australia and internationally to raise awareness and effectively address concerns about the assault on democratic institutions, suppression of press freedoms, arrest of civil society activists and the increasing attacks on religious minorities and dalits and adivasis in India. These include collaborative civil society, legal and political advocacy along with Amnesty International and other national and international organisations to address dangerous speech targeted against religious minorities, and trans-national research collaboration through partnership with inter-faith and inter-sectional civil society groups, legal advocacy organisations and academia across Australia and New Zealand.  

Gregory Gordon
Gregory Gordon

Gregory S. Gordon teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, where he formerly served as Associate Dean (Development/External Affairs) and Director, Research Postgraduates Programme. Not long after earning undergraduate and law degrees from Berkeley, he served as an attorney with the ICTR on the landmark “Media” cases, the first international post-Nuremberg incitement prosecutions of media executives. For this work, he received a commendation from the U.S. Attorney General. He subsequently worked with the U.S. Department of Justice, serving, in sequence, as a street crime, white collar, organized crime and then human rights prosecutor. While at DOJ, he was detailed to Sierra Leone to conduct a post-civil war justice assessment and served as a Special Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia.  He has tried 24 cases in his career with 23 favorable verdicts. Professor Gordon has been featured on CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, the BBC and Radio France Internationale and was the BBC World News live television analyst for the announcement of the historic Charles Taylor trial verdict. A leading expert on incitement law, his work has been featured in an NPR broadcast by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.  His book Atrocity Speech Law: Foundation, Fragmentation, Fruition, proposing a new paradigm for international hate speech law, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. He has trained Ethiopian federal prosecutors in Addis Ababa, prosecutors at the ECCC for the Khmer Rouge leadership trial, and attorneys and judges in Sarajevo for war crimes trials.  He is a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) and serves as a consultant for the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. 

Hatem Bazian
Hatem Bazian

Hatem Bazian is a co-founder and Professor of Islamic Law and Theology at Zaytuna College, the 1st Accredited Muslim Liberal Arts College in the United States. In addition, Prof. Bazian is a lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, Prof. Bazian founded at Berkeley, the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims. Prof. Bazian in Spring 2012 launched the Islamophobia Studies Journal, which is published bi-annually. In addition to his academic engagements, he is a weekly columnist for the Turkish Daily Sabah Newspaper and Turkey Agenda online magazine. 

Irene Victoria Massimino
Irene Victoria Massimino

Irene Victoria Massimino is an international human rights lawyer, activist and professor. She has served as Rapporteur of the High Criminal Court of Buenos Aires Province, in Argentina, where she focused on institutional violence, police brutality and gender-based violence cases, many of which became guiding jurisprudence. Likewise, she has served in international investigative delegations, trial observation missions and consultancy projects related to human rights and international crimes. She has taught courses and workshops on international human rights law, penology, criminology and international criminal law, at national and international universities and institutions. She is former deputy spokesperson of the Asociación Pensamiento Penal (APP), former Secretary-Treasurer of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and founder of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention (LIGP). 

Jan Breman
Jan Breman

Jan Breman is Professor of Development Sociology at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, specializing in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Spread over a period of forty-five years Jan Breman has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Gujarat, India, focussing on the social implications of labour. In 2022, he co-authored Gujarat, Cradle and Harbinger of Identity Politics, a collection of essays over the last five decades to document events related to the communal politics that have flourished in India’s leading industrialized state. He has served in various research committees, and was the Dean at the Centre for Asian Studies in Amsterdam, one of the founders of the Amsterdam School for Social Science.

Janet Rice
Janet Rice

Janet Rice is a politician for the Australian Greens and a sitting member of the Australian parliament. She is the party’s Room Chair, Deputy Whip, and spokesperson for foreign affairs. In February 2021, she raised India’s turn towards Hindu nationalism in the Australian Parliament, and her party has previously expressed concern about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, the crackdown in Jammu and Kashmir, and called for a full vetting process for funds provided to India. 

Jason Stanley
Jason Stanley

Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. Stanley is the author of Know How; Languages in ContextKnowledge and Practical Interests, which won the American Philosophical Association book prize; and How Propaganda Works, which won the PROSE Award for Philosophy from the Association of American Publishers. He writes about authoritarianism, propaganda, free speech, mass incarceration, and other topics for The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Boston ReviewThe Guardian, Project Syndicate and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. 

Jean-Damascene Gasanabo
Jean-Damascene Gasanabo

Jean-Damascene Gasanabo is the Director-General of the National Research and Documentation Center on Genocide at Rwanda’s National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide. His research interests focus on the construction of exclusive identities in Rwanda from 1962 to 1994. He previously worked within UNESCO headquarters in Paris as an education consultant. From 2006 to 2008, Gasanabo was head of support in charge of research and communications at Geneva Call, an international humanitarian organization dedicated to engaging armed groups to end the use of anti-personnel mines. Gasanabo received his Ph.D. in education from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. 

John Packer
John Packer

John Packer is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed the Inaugural Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in April 2018. He is also an experienced practitioner with over 30 years of working for inter-governmental organizations, such as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights investigating serious human rights violations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma/Myanmar, extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, the use of forensic sciences, the use of civil defense forces, and the independence of judges and lawyers throughout the world. From 1995 to 2004, he was Senior Legal Adviser then the first Director in the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities. In 2012-2014, he was the Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the UN’s Standby Team of Mediation Experts. His current research focusses on inter-ethnic relations, minorities and conflict, and his teaching, training, research and writing, as well as advocacy, have contributed to the development of the evolving field of international peace mediation.

Kalpana Wilson
Kalpana Wilson

Dr Kalpana Wilson’s research and writing explores questions of race/gender, labour, neoliberalism, imperialism and reproductive rights and justice, with a particular focus on South Asia and its diasporas. She is the author of Race, Racism and Development: Interrogating History, Discourse and Practice (Zed Books, 2012) and co-editor of Gender, Agency and Coercion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). She is a founding member of South Asia Solidarity Group.

Kancha Ilaiah
Kancha Ilaiah

Kancha Ilaiah is an Indian political theorist, prolific writer and a Dalit rights activist. Currently, Ilaiah is serving as retired director of the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad. His main domain of study and activism is the annihilation of caste. Ilaiah received an M.A. degree in political science and an M.Phil., awarded for his study of land reform in undivided Andhra Pradesh. He has been a recipient of the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award and was a Nehru Fellow between 1994 and 1997. Ilaiah earned a Ph.D on the basis of his work exploring the political dimension of Buddhism, culminating in God as Political Philosopher – Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism

Katherine Southwick
Katherine Southwick

Katherine Southwick is an international legal scholar and independent contractor on a project at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum on the role of domestic criminal justice systems in atrocity prevention.  She previously worked for more than fifteen years on human rights and legal reform in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  She worked for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) in Washington DC and the Philippines on programs relating to judicial reform, anti-trafficking in persons, and the ASEAN human rights system.  She has also served as a federal judicial clerk and worked in international arbitration.  She has worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser.  Following university, Katherine spent a year in New Delhi, India working for a human rights organization, where her work focused on religious minorities and refugees in South Asia.  Her commentary on human rights, statelessness, and the Rohingya crisis has appeared in media and scholarly outlets.  Katherine grew up in Africa and holds a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University, as well as a PhD from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law.

Kaushik Raj
Kaushik Raj

Kaushik Raj is an independent journalist and poet based in New Delhi, India, whose writing has featured in Article 14, The Quint, TwoCircles, the Wire, and more. He has recently reported from the ground on hate networks in India, with focus on exposing anti-Muslim hate speech resulting in violence. 

Kavita Krishnan
Kavita Krishnan

Kavita Krishnan is a feminist and left activist and writer. She is National Secretary of the All-India Progressive Women’s Association and a politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). She is editor of the party’s monthly publication Liberation and author of the book Fearless Freedom (Penguin, 2020).

Lee Rhiannon 
Lee Rhiannon 

Lee Rhiannon is a social activist and former Australian politician who served as Senator for New South Wales until 2018 for the Australian Greens who has taken a vocal stance for justice in India, the Philippines and Palestine and condemned the Australian government’s support for these governments. She has participated in campaigns alongside Indian diaspora on Kashmir Solidarity Day, Republic Day, and called for the release of human rights defenders and for the Modi government to be held accountable, and has called for a full vetting process for funds provided to India.  

Makiko Kimura
Makiko Kimura

Makiko Kimura studied at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) for her PhD degree. She was a postdoctoral research fellow (2004–2007) of the Japan Society for Promotion of Science and research associate (2007–2011) at the International Peace Research Institute, Meiji Gakuin University (Tokyo). She is a professor at the Tsuda University (Tokyo) and teaches transnational sociology. She engages in activism supporting indigenous and minority rights movement. She lives in Japan. 

Manavi Atri
Manavi Atri

Manavi Atri is a human rights lawyer working with the Campaign Against Hate Speech in the field of media accountability and understanding Hindutva violence in Karnataka. 

Maung Zarni 
Maung Zarni 

Maung Zarni is a human rights activist specializing in “Buddhist” racisms and state crimes in Asia with He has 30 years of engagement in activism, scholarship, politics and media. He is a non-resident research fellow at the Genocide Documentation Center Cambodia, co-founder of FORSEA.co, co-founder of the 1995 Free Burma Coalition, and Burmese coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition.  Zarni is also an advisor to Genocide Watch and served as a member of the Panel of Judges in the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Sri Lanka genocidal crimes against Eelam Tamil (2013). He was also the initiator of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Myanmar (2017). 

Meena Kandasamy
Meena Kandasamy

Meena Kandasamy is an anti-caste activist, poet, novelist and translator. She has always been interested in deconstructing violence, understanding the trauma caused by caste, gender, and ethnic oppressions, and spotlighting the militant resistance against these powerful systems. She explores these topics in her poetry and prose, most notably in her books of poems such as Touch (2006) and Ms. Militancy (2010), as well as her three novels, The Gypsy Goddess (2014), When I Hit You (2017), and Exquisite Cadavers (2019). Activism is at the heart of her literary work; she has translated several political texts from Tamil to English, and previously held an editorial role atThe Dalit, an alternative magazine documenting caste-related brutality and the anti-caste resistance in India. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Jhalak Prize and the Hindu Lit Prize. She holds a PhD in sociolinguistics, and was recently Gallatin Global Faculty in Residence at New York University (NYU) where she co-taught a course on feminist writers from the neo-colonial world. Her op-eds and essays have appeared in The White Review, Guernica, The Guardian and The New York Times

Meetali Jain
Meetali Jain

Meetali Jain is Deputy Director of Reset, initiative engaged in programmatic work on technology and democracy. She brings two decades of experience to Reset as a lawyer, academic and campaigner, both in the United States and in South Africa. Meetali began her legal career post 9/11 representing individuals charged with terrorism. She later focused on holding corporations accountable for human rights abuses, and facilitated the development of the African Coalition on Corporate Accountability. She’s lectured extensively in the theory and practice of international human rights law and advocacy. Most recently, she served as Legal and Campaign Director at Avaaz, where she worked to safeguard human rights and to protect democracies and vulnerable communities from hate speech and disinformation. 

Mohan Dutta
Mohan Dutta

Mohan Dutta is a Professor of communication at Massey University and is the Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). He is known for his culturally-centered and community-based approach for participatory strategies of radical democracy when addressing inequality in healthcare policies. Dutta has previously worked with indigenous communities, sex workers, migrant workers, farmers, and impoverished communities. He has previously served as the visiting artistic director for Rittwick, a grassroots group in West Bengal, India working on performance for social change. He has also directed the “Singaporeans Left Behind”Voices of Hunger” and “Respect our Rights” campaigns and documentary films. 

Nadeem Khan
Nadeem Khan

Nadeem Khan is the Convenor of United Against Hate, a collective of activists and that started in 2017 during the #NotInMyName protests against hate crimes. People affiliated with United Against Hate have been arrested as part of the clampdown following the anti-CAA protests, and charged with alleged conspiracy to defame India. 

Nicole Widdersheim
Nicole Widdersheim

Nicole Widdersheim is a Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the Prevention of Genocide, US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She has previously worked as Senior Human Rights Advisor and USAID’s focal point for Atrocity Prevention, in the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, and as NSC Director for the Sudans and Central Africa. She has over 20 years of experience managing political transition, atrocity prevention, human rights and complex political crisis response programs for USAID, Oxfam and International Rescue Committee in Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Darfur, South Sudan, with technical assignments in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bosnia and other locations. She has a Masters in the Political Theory of Human Rights from the University of Essex and Bachelors in International Relations and African Studies from Kent State and St. Lawrence’s University of Nairobi program. 

Nitasha Kaul
Nitasha Kaul

Nitasha Kaul is an academic, writer, and poet who speaks on topics relating to Bhutan, Kashmir, nationalism in India, gender, and identity. Kaul served as a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Bath and as Assistant Professor of Economics at the Bristol Business School before she served as an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan. Currently, Kaul is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. In 2019, she was a key witness at a United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing about the situation of human rights in Indian-administered Kashmir. 

Pieter Friedrich
Pieter Friedrich

Pieter Friedrich is a freelance journalist specializing in analysis of historical and current affairs in South Asia. He engages with issues such as human rights, supremacist political ideologies, ethnonationalism, politicization of religion, authoritarian government structures and policies, state-sponsored atrocities, and the need to unify around doctrines of liberty. His writings have been translated into French, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, and more. Pieter has lectured at many universities, including Carleton University, Columbia University, James Madison University, Stanford University, St. Stephens College, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, and University of Central Florida. A staunch advocate for religious liberty and interfaith cooperation, he has spoken at mosques, gurdwaras, churches, and viharas throughout North America. He has spoken alongside and/or been sourced by parliamentarians from Australia, Germany, and the UK.  

Prem Shankar Jha
Prem Shankar Jha

Prem Shankar Jha is one of India’s best known journalists and public intellectuals. He is a former editor of the Hindustan Times. Born in New Delhi and educated at The Doon School, Dehradun, Jha has a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Delhi University and a Masters of Arts Degree from University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics at Magadalen College, Oxford. He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has also worked with The Times of India, The Economic Times, and The Financial Express. Jha was a consultant for the World Bank’s World Development Report,1978, and to the UN Centre for Human Settlements, Nairobi ( Habitat). He has co-authored a Manual for the Asia and Pacific Development Administration Center of the UN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the Management of Public enterprises in Developing countries. He has also been a member of the energy panel of the World Commission for Environment and Development, headed by Mrs.Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway. In 1987 he received the Energy Journalist of the Year award from the Washington-based International Association for Energy Economics. In 1990 he served as the information advisor to the Prime Minister of India, V. P. Singh. In recent years, he has been a columnist with The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Business Standard, Outlook and Tehelka. Jha has also been a visiting scholar/professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta; the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University; the Fairbank Centre for East Asian studies, Harvard; and Nuffield College, Oxford. He has taught at the Universities of Virginia and Richmond and at Sciences Po in Paris. Jha has authored 12 books. 

Ram Bhat
Ram Bhat

Ram Bhat is a Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. His key expertise includes internet infrastructure, hate speech/violence, and decolonizing communications. He has taught media and communications at various educational institutions in India and has consulted with a wide range of organizations on media and communications issues pertaining to tackling fake news, disaster preparedness, telecommunications and internet regulations, media ownership, digitalization of television and radio, spectrum allocation, and universal service provision. Dr. Bhat spent more than a decade working on media and communication (for) development in the Asia Pacific region, including a strong association with the community radio movement both in India and globally. 

R.B. Sreekumar
R.B. Sreekumar

R. B. Sreekumar is a former Director-General of Gujarat State Police who is known for opposing the Gujarat government during the 2002 Gujarat riots by filing affidavits to the Nanavati-Mehta Commission about the dubious role of law and order in the riots. Sreekumar is also the author of Gujarat Behind the Curtain which details the events and his experience as a senior police officer during these riots including information on the perpetrators.   

Rakesh Pathak
Rakesh Pathak

Dr. Rakesh Pathak a veteran award-winning Hindi language journalist. He is senior journalist, writer and poet, and Chief Editor of Karmveer News Portal. He is former Editor at Naidunia, Navbharat, Navprabhat and PradeshToday. He has served as Editor in Chief of DatelineIndia DNN news channels. 

Rasheed Ahmed
Rasheed Ahmed

Rasheed Ahmed is a human rights leader with a particular focus on his country of birth, India. He is co-founder and past President of Indian American Muslims Council (IAMC) and is currently serving as its Executive Director. His other India-related contributions include co-founding the US India Policy Institute and volunteering as strategic advisor to humanitarian and other social good organizations. He is an Adjunct Faculty at The Fund Raising School of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He also serves on the board of philanthropy organizations and serves on the Council of Advisors of the Muslim Philanthropy initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Rita Jabri Markwell
Rita Jabri Markwell

Rita Jabri Markwell is an Australian lawyer and policy advocate concerned with both protections and freedoms. Through the Australian Muslim Advocacy Network (AMAN), she has problem-solved in the areas of content moderation and regulation, counter terrorism law, online extremism, hate crime, free speech, hate speech and disinformation. Bringing practitioner experience, she has published with researchers in a number of disciplines. She is a current member of the Christchurch Call Advisory Network and Legal Frameworks Working Group for the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). Her public policy career began in Australian federal politics as a ministerial advisor in the Rudd-Gillard Governments.

Ritumbra Manuvie
Ritumbra Manuvie

Ritumbra Manuvie is the Executive Director of Foundation the London Story and Lecturer of Law at the University of Groningen. Her current work looks at virtual geographies of hate and disinformation in India and Europe. She has provided insights to the Netherlands and European Union government leaders on how to counter disinformation. She has been instrumental in global diaspora mobilisation against hate speech in India. A former United Nations University Fellow and Commonwealth Scholar, she has previously worked extensively in climate change migration, citizenship, and belonging, particularly looking at the region of Assam and the question of human rights and human security.

Sabika Abbas Naqvi
Sabika Abbas Naqvi

Sabika Abbas Naqvi is an INK Fellow and performative poet. Performing since she was in college in Delhi, Naqvi has dabbled in writing, campaign strategy, street mural art and much more. A gender rights activist, poet and educator, Naqvi has over the years become synonymous with protest poetry. She describes protest poetry as a natural result of urban communities and the thriving interest in the arts, and has performed poetry to challenge patriarchy and reclaim public spaces. Sabika Abbas Naqvi’s poetry encapsulates the trials and tribulations of a young Muslim woman trying to exist in present-day India. 

Safoora Zargar
Safoora Zargar

Safoora Zargar is an Indian student activist and leader. She is an M.Phil. student in Sociology, focusing on urban studies at the Jamia Millia Islamia University. She was also the media coordinator of the Jamia Coordination Committee. Safoora was instrumental in leading the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests which inspired nationwide mobilizations against the Modi government. As part of her activism and her role in the anti-CAA movement, she was arrested by the Delhi police and was falsely charged as being part of a conspiracy to instigate violence and riots. Safoora was arrested in April 2020. Her arrest was condemned both nationally and internationally. She was released on bail in June 2020 and following her release, Safoora is still actively speaking out against the injustices of the Indian government on various platforms and events.

Shamshad Pathan
Shamshad Pathan

Shamshad Pathan is a High Court advocate and minority rights activist based in Gujarat. The convener of the Alpsankhyak Adhikar Manch (Minority Rights Forum), Pathan has been fighting legal battles for victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots and alleged fake encounter cases. He is currently the General Secretary of AIMIM (The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen) Gujarat & City President of Ahmedabad AIMIM. 

Subasri Krishnan
Subasri Krishnan

Subasri Krishnan is a filmmaker whose works deal with questions of citizenship through the lens of memory, migration and interrogation of  official identity documents. Her films include Brave New Medium on internet censorship in South-East Asia, This or That Particular Person about official identity documents and Aadhar, What the Fields Remember on the Nellie massacre in Assam in 1983 and Sikhirni Mwsanai (Dance of the Butterfly) about a disappearing live performance music form in Chirang District, Assam. Her documentary feature (under development) Shadowlines and a forthcoming oral testimony project Facing History and Ourselves explores ideas of citizenship, memory and migration in the state of Assam. Subasri is the recipient of the filmmaker/artist residency at the Goethe Institut, Salvador Bahia, Brazil (2017) Chevening Fellowship, UK (2015) Charles Wallace research grant, UK (2012) and the George Washington University Filmmaker Fellowship award, USA (2008). 

Suchitra Vijayan
Suchitra Vijayan

Suchitra Vijayan is a lawyer, journalist, and author. She has been published in The Washington Post, GQ, The Boston Review, The Hindu, and Foreign Policy, and has appeared on NBC news. She also is the founder and executive director of the Polis Project, a hybrid research and journalism organization and the author of the book Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India. Vijayan has previously worked for the UN war crimes tribunals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda and co-founded the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, which gives legal aid to Iraqi refugees. 

Sunita Viswanath
Sunita Viswanath

Sunita Viswanath is the Executive Director of Hindus for Human Rights, which she co-founded in 2019, and has worked for over 25 years in women’s rights and human rights organizations. In 2001, Sunita co-founded the international women’s human rights organization, Women for Afghan Women (WAW), and served as Board Chair of WAW until January 2022. Sunita has edited “Women for Afghan Women: Shattering Myths and Claiming the Future” (Palgrave McMillan, 2003), a book of essays. For her work with WAW, Sunita was awarded the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Award in 2011. Sunita co-founded Sadhana in 2011 in order to mobilize Hindu Americans to connect their faith to social justice and human rights, and serves on Sadhana’s Executive Board. She was honored by President Obama at the White House in 2015 as a “Champion of Change” for her work with Sadhana. In 2021, Sunita was recognized by Center for American Progress as one of 21 “faith leaders to watch.”  

Teesta Setalvad
Teesta Setalvad

Teesta Setalvad is a journalist, activist, and educationist, who serves as the editor of Communalism Combat, as the Secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), and as the Director of KHOJ’s Education for a Plural India Programme. In addition to Communalism Combat, her pathbreaking explorative and analytical journalism can be found on web portals sabrang.com and sabrangindia.in, and in several national and international publications. Under her leadership, CJP has done extensive work in Gujarat, Assam, and through their comprehensive Hate Watch Programme. Setalvad has held advisory positions in government and internationally on issues related to social studies and the educational framework, and was elected the President (Asia) of the International Association of Peace Educators (IAPE) at UNESCO’s 6th World Conference on the Culture of Peace held in Paris. She is the author of Footsoldier of the Constitution, and has edited or contributed chapters to over ten books.

Tun Khin
Tun Khin

Tun Khin was born and brought up in Arakan State, Myanmar, and was rendered stateless by a 1982 nationality law that excluded the Rohingya from a list of groups considered indigenous and therefore eligible for Burmese nationality. He is current President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK which has been a leading voice for Rohingya people around the world. Tun Khin has briefed officials on the continuing human rights violations committed against Rohingya populations at the US Congress and State Department, British Parliament, Swedish Parliament, European Union Parliament and Commission, the UN Indigenous Forum in NY and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He wrote articles in British independent newspaper, Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima Burmese Medias. Tun Khin has been a featured speaker on Rohingya’s rights for the BBC, Sky, Al Jazeera, and many other outlets. He has also published opinion pieces in the Huffington Post, Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima Burmese Medias. Tun Khin received a leadership award from Refuges International, Washington DC in April 2015 for his work on the Rohingya issue. 

Velma Šarić
Velma Šarić

Velma Šarić is the founder and President of the Post-Conflict Research Center, which is dedicated to fostering a culture of peace through peace education and research, creative multimedia, and addressing human rights, transitional justice, and conflict prevention. PCRC works to publish school curriculums about the Holocaust and its parallels to genocide denial that is pervasive throughout BiH and the Western Balkans. It produces film documentaries that expose details of war crimes and feature stories written by youth journalists from the Balkan Diskurs program which have been often ignored by the media. PCRC curates exhibitions that tell the stories of people who bravely rescued persons from a different ethnic group during the 1992-1995 ethnic war and curates photo exhibitions at the Srebrenica Memorial Centre of survivors of the genocide. They have also told the stories of Roma and LGBTI communities, communities that are still discriminated against in BiH.

Yvonne Ridley
Yvonne Ridley

Yvonne Ridley is a journalist and author who has worked for newspapers like the Sunday Times, The Observer, Washington Post, the BBC, the Tehran Times in Iran, and more. She is the Secretary-General of the European Muslims League (EML). She became known when she was captured by the ruling Taliban in 2001 after sneaking into Afghanistan wearing the all-enveloping blue burkha ahead of the US-led war. After embracing Islam, she has travelled across the Arab World and established the English-language version of AlJazeera in 2013. In 2019 a Canadian educational institution nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work seeking justice against war crimes committed on the Rohingya refugees, and for Syrian women. In March 2020, in recognition for her humanitarian work in the field of journalism, she was awarded an honorary doctorate at the International Academy of Diplomatic Action in Bern, Switzerland. She is the author of books such as The Rise of the Prophet Muhammad: Don’t Shoot The Messenger, and several fiction works.

Raqib Hameed Naik
Raqib Hameed Naik

Raqib Naik is a Multimedia journalist and editor originally from Kashmir and currently based in the United States. He has nearly a decade of reporting experience covering politics, conflict, human rights, minorities, Hindu nationalism, refugees, and climate change. He has reported from India, Kashmir, China and United States.