AfREC Fellow Wins United Nations Fellowship for People of African Descent


AfREC Research Fellow and Communications Coordinator, Dr Muhammad Dan Suleiman, has been selected for the 2020 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The competitive UN Fellowship provides a three-week intensive learning opportunity for people of African descent in the diaspora who are engaged in promoting the rights of people of African descent. The Programme “will provide participants with the necessary tools to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Afro-descendants in their respective countries.”

It was initiated by the Anti-Racial Discrimination Section in 2011 and was further supported by UN General Assembly Resolution on Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent (A/RES/69/16).

Recommending him to the Programme, AfREC Director Dr David Mickler cited how over many years Dr Dan Suleiman “has combined high level research and analytical skills, professional organisational skills, and a commitment to active engagement with African communities across Australia. As a leading proponent of pan-African thinking in Australia, his research and advocacy is centred upon using African perspectives, theories and practices to advance human rights, human security, justice and equality for African peoples on the continent and in the diaspora. He combines this work with similarly important work in Muslim communities, drawing on his intersectional identities.”

The Fellowship takes place once a year at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Highlighting the prestige and competitiveness of the Fellowship, since 2011 only 83 fellows from 32 countries have been selected for the Programme.

Dr Dan Suleiman will utilise the UN Fellowship Programme to enhance the current research and engagement work he is doing with the African diaspora community in Australia. He is currently working on a number of research projects on Australia-Africa relations, including The Transnational Political Economy of African Migration to Australia, and is the Co-coordinator of the African Students in Western Australia (ASIWA) University Working Group.

AfREC warmly congratulates Dr Dan Suleiman on winning this important international Fellowship and looks forward to his participation in the Programme!

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