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Remzi Cej | Director, Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism, Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Remzi Cej uses the pronouns he and him, and works with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Remzi was also a founding member of the Bridge to the Rock group, a volunteer group based in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador supporting LGBTQ+refugees from around the world. Remzi is a former Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission, and a featured speaker for the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights’ Speak Truth To Power project on human rights awareness and education. He is a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award and two-time recipient of the YMCA Human Rights Medallion. He has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross; United Nations Association of Canada; and has volunteered in governance and advocacy roles at Amnesty International and War Child Canada. More recently, Remzi has been serving on the boards of Choices for Youth, a community-based organization supporting resilient youth; and QuadrangleNL, a community centre serving 2SLGBTQIA+ residents, as well as Equitas. In addition to English and French, Remzi speaks Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Spanish, and German.  Remzi’s areas of interest include refugee and migrant rights, 2SLGBTQIA+ rights, and the rights of religious minorities.

Why Equitas?

I joined Equitas Board of Directors for the opportunity to advance human rights priorities in a learning setting, while learning from expertise human rights professionals from around the world bring to Equitas is exciting. It is a pleasure and honour to help advance the work of the organization at a board level, in the company of very accomplished staff and board members.

I am energized by opportunities to bring my personal and professional experience and perspectives into the work of Equitas’ board. I have been a strong proponent of the need to make intersectionality a key focus of human rights programs and policies, to ensure a horizontal approach to human rights advances. I hope to continue to bring this perspective into the work of Equitas. I hope we can contribute to advancing human rights issues like islamophobia that continues to be of great concern to me. It is an issue in Canada, but sadly, a very pressing issue internationally. Nearly twenty years after 9/11, Muslim communities continue to live in an environment where discourse about their presence is securitized, and discrimination rampant.