Mission Statement

The Rohingya Support Group (RSG) is a coalition of global leaders in the fields of international law and politics, business, academia, and humanitarian advocacy.

We believe that the humanitarian emergency affecting the Rohingya people is one of the key moral challenges of our time. The current response is inadequate.

We have a moral duty to act.

The Rohingya Support Group exists to raise awareness of this situation, improve the humanitarian response to restore basic dignity to Rohingya people, work towards a permanent institutional response and lay the foundations for a long-term political settlement.

Hon. Allan Rock, President

Allan Rock

Recteur Émérite et Professeur de Droit
President Emeritus and Professor of Law
Faculté de droit/Faculty of Law,
L'Université d'Ottawa/University of Ottawa
57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa K1N 6N5
Tel 613 562 5800 (8892)
Email: ar@rohingyasupportgroup.com

Allan Rock is the President of the Rohingya Support Group. He is also President Emeritus of the University of Ottawa and a Professor in its Faculty of Law, where he teaches International Humanitarian Law and Public and Constitutional Law.

He practised in civil, administrative and commercial litigation for 20 years (1973-1993) with a national law firm in Toronto, appearing as counsel in a wide variety of cases before courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He was inducted in 1988 as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

He was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 1993 and re-elected in 1997 and 2000. He served for that decade as a senior Minister in the government of Prime Minister Chretien, in both social and economic portfolios. He was Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1993-97), Minister of Health (1997-2002) and Minister of Industry and Infrastructure (2002-2003).

He was appointed in 2003 as Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations in New York during a period that involved responding to several complex regional conflicts, including those in Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo and Darfur. He led the successful Canadian effort in New York to secure at the 2005 World Summit, the adoption by UN member states (unanimously) of The Responsiblity to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing and other mass atrocities. He later served as a Special Envoy for the United Nations investigating the unlawful use of child soldiers in Sri Lanka during its civil war.

In 2008, Allan Rock became the 29th President and Vice Chanellor of the University of Ottawa, a comprehensive university of 50,000 students, faculty and staff. University of Ottawa is ranked among the Top Ten in Canada for research intensity, and is the largest bilinqual university (French-English) in the world. He completed two terms as uOttawa President in 2016.

Most recently, Allan Rock was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, associated with the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict.

He is married to Deborah Hanscom and they have four children.

John Packer, Vice-President

John Packer

John Packer is Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre and Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa (Canada). He previously taught at the Fletcher School (Tufts University, USA) and the University of Essex (UK), held Fellowships at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, and has lectured at academic and professional institutions around the world.

Over his 30-year career, he was an inter-governmental official for 20 years (UNHCR, ILO, OHCHR, UNDPA, OSCE) and has advised numerous governments, communities and other actors in over fifty countries. In 2012-2014, he was the Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the UN's Standby Team of Mediation Experts.

The focus of his research and practice is at the inter-section of human rights (including minority rights) and security, notably conflict prevention and quiet diplomacy, international mediation, transitional arrangements, and institutional developments at domestic and multilateral levels.

Djaouida Siaci, Vice-President

Djaouida Siaci

Mrs. Siaci is an international lawyer and the Vice President of RSG. She specializes in cross-border litigation and criminal investigation. Mrs. Siaci's career spans private practice, in-house, and government service in Washington, DC; Paris and Abu Dhabi.

Mrs Siaci's legal experience includes over ten years of private practice at two major U.S. law firms where she focused on international transactions and litigation matters with a particular focus on high -profile disputes involving white collar and criminal investigation. In addition, Mrs. Siaci provided legal services on a pro bono basis to assist individuals and groups in connection with immigration; refugee resettlement and humanitarian-related matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Mrs. Siaci served on the sixth committee of the United Nations' General Assembly during its 45th session, where she was involved in drafting and negotiating a number of international instruments, including the U.N. General Assembly's Resolution A/46/654 dated November 15, 1991 on "Measures to Prevent International Terrorism."

Mrs. Siaci holds a law degree from the University of Algiers, a postgraduate degree in Public International Law and Law of International Organizations from the University of Paris, Sorbonne and a Masters of Law from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar; the Washington DC Bar and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mohammed Boussaidane, Vice-President & Secretary

Mohammed Boussaidane

Mohamed Boussaidane is a senior international consultant with over 25 years of leadership and management experience in the field of institutional development; public law and policy initiatives; community outreach initiatives; strategic counseling and crisis management. Mr. Boussaidane is the Vice-President and Secretary of the RSG's Executive Board.

Mr. Boussaidane advises both government, private entities and organizations on complex public law and policy issues and helps develop and shape high impact regulatory and policy proposals and legislations.

From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Boussaidane served as a senior adviser to the Under Secretary of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department ("ADJD"). In that role, Mr. Boussaidane advised ADJD on wide range of legal and policy issues affecting ADJD with the aim to strengthen judicial efficiency, transparency, accessibility, independence; accountability and organizational leadership responsibilities, through institutional and staff capacity building. In addition, Mr. Boussaidane was instrumental in planning; developing and implementing a partnership agreement between ADJD and France's elite judicial training school, L'Ecole Nationale de Magistrature to produce highly trained Emirati judges; ensure excellence in training, and strengthen UAE's judicial branch.

Mr. Boussaidane has a law degree from the University of Algiers; a Master's degree in Labor Law and Personnel Management from the University of Toulouse, France and a Master's degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Montreal, Canada.

Azeem Ibrahim, Vice-President

Azeem Ibrahim

Dr Azeem Ibrahim is a Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College and member of the Board of Directors at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at the Department of War Studies at Kings College London University. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and has previously been appointed an International Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a World Fellow at Yale University and a Rothermere Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Over the years, Dr Ibrahim has advised numerous world leaders on policy development. In his most recent roles, he served as National Security and Defence Policy Advisor to the Leader of the (UK) Labour Party, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, and the Shadow Cabinet from 2012 to 2015; and as Strategic Policy Advisor to the Chairman of Pakistan's PTI party, Prime Minister Imran Khan.

He has published hundreds of articles all over the globe including in the New York Times, Daily Telegraph (UK), Foreign Policy, Al Arabiya, Chicago Tribune, LA Times and Newsweek. He is the author of the seminal book: "The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide", which was published by Hurst (UK) in May 2016. His latest book "Radical Origins: Why We Are Losing the War Against Islamic Extremism" was published in November 2017 by Pegasus (New York).

Outside academia, Dr Ibrahim has been a reservist in the IV Battalion Parachute Regiment (UK's elite airborne infantry reserve) and a multi-award winning entrepreneur. He was ranked as a Top 100 Global Thinker by the European Social Think Tank in 2010 and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

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Djaouida Siaci

Djaouida has been engaged in efforts to raise awareness and funding to support the humanitarian capacity response to address the needs of the Rohingya refugees, and restore basic dignity to the Rohingya community.

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Featured Publications

Djaouida Siaci Georgetown University Article

An article writtten by Djaouida Siaci on the impact of the pandemic on the globally displaced and international neglect which appeared in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

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An article writtten by Djaouida Siaci on the mass rape of Rohingya women and girls, published in the Journal of the Washington D.C based Middle East Institute.

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