Voices in Exile - Ignite Change Campaign 2023

Voices in Exile: Supporting a New Community of Activists

'Activists-in-exile' are advocates forced to leave their countries or origin for challenging injustices and who continue their activism in host countries like Canada. Despite their commitment and the value of their work, they face significant hurdles such as limited resources, network isolation, and safety concerns. This session will examine the experiences of these resilient individuals and the crucial support needed from immigration systems to enable their effective advocacy.

Our speakers

Neuberger-Jesin Professor John Packer | Moderator
John Packer is a Professor in the Facutly of Law and the Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa.

Olha Chernovol
Olha has made significant contributions to law, especially in anti-corruption policies, and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa.

Luis Horacio Nájera
A courageous journalist from Mexico, now in Canada, known for his investigative reporting on government corruption, drug, and human trafficking.

Shabnam Salehi
Dedicated to women's rights and gender equality with significant achievements in academia, leadership, legal reform, and activism, both in Afghanistan and internationally.

Victor Amisi Sulubika
An advocate for human rights and peace, focusing on child soldiers and global disarmament, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

About the Ignite Change Campaign 2023

From December 1-10, 2023, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, along with over 40 other partners committed to human rights and peacebuilding, will host a series of online, hybrid or in person events to bring together civil society, academics and decision makers in dialogue, learning and action on human rights.

On the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this ten-day campaign will profile and facilitate public discourse on the principles and values instilled within the United Nations’ Declaration. Our intention is that we will walk away with a strengthened commitment, confidence, trust and capacity for a movement of action towards the advancement of dignity, justice, peace, and freedom.

Date and time
Dec 9, 2023
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Registration required to receive the link.
Format and location
Webinar on Zoom
General public
Free & open to all!
Organized by
& the Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution