Saifullah Muhammad

Student – Researcher – Human Rights Activist



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Saifullah Muhammad is a Rohingya youth activist in Canada. He has recently graduated from the Journalism program. He is a master’s student in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo. He is a co-founder of the ‘Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative’ a leading Rohingya organization that works with the government of Canada and civil society groups to bring an end of the Rohingya genocide and to promote innovative education for the Rohingya and community development. Muhammad currently works as an assistance researcher in collaboration with the UNHCR Canada and St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia on the social behavior of Rohingya refugee children in India and Bangladesh.

Muhammad was born in Burma and brought in refugee camps in Bangladesh. His parent still lives in the same refugee camp. Muhammad witnessed first-hand devastating outcomes of the Rohingya crisis. He studied in Bangladesh and received a scholarship from the Nottingham University in Malaysia through the UNHCR scholarship program.  He worked as a reporter for various news agencies such as the Kaladan Press Network, Rohingya Vision, Reuters, AFP, New York Times and different local media in Malaysia to highlight the Rohingya crisis.

Muhammad regularly attends and speaks at international conferences organized by UNICEF, United Nations, civil society groups and governments. He testified before the Human Rights Committee at the House of Commons on the Rohingya crisis. He often appears on Canadian televisions, newspapers and writes Op-Eds and articles. Muhammad has recently awarded the most dedicated journalist by Waterloo Region Record.




On Rohingya Genocide Day