My full name is Habiburahman (but widely known as Habib) and I am a Rohingya. Born in 1979 in Burma (now Myanmar).
I escaped torture, persecution and detention in my own country.
I came through South East Asia where I endured more detention, tortures and slavery. The Hardship and the human rights violation I faced has in deed inspired me to be a Spokesperson for my people. Yet I had to flee once more to save my life, I took the sea route in Dec 2009. After being rescued in the middle of the sea by Australian authorities, I spent 32 months in detention centres. I now lives in Melbourne and continues to serve as spokesperson to advocate for the Rohingya's human rights through the organization I founded ( Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization- ABRO) to advocate for my community. I am also part time working as a translator, social worker and also the support service co-ordinator at Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees (RISE) and secretary of the international Rohingya organisation- Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), based in the UK.
Robert Carr, Ph.D. (2012) is an adjunct research fellow in the Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Australia. He has published and lectured in political science, history and human security studies. Robert is the author of the book ‘Generosity and Refugees: The Kosovars in Exile’ (Brill, 2018).