Remzi Cej

Country of Origin:

Kosovo

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Racism/Discrimination, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada, Refugee Experiences

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Bio

Remzi Cej has extensive human rights research and advocacy experience on a range of topics ranging from violence against women, human trafficking, refugees, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or religious and ethnic belonging.

Remzi is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Memorial University in German and French Studies. He is an Action Canada public policy fellow and a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award recipient, as well as recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for Human Rights Education. Remzi was recently awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada.

He currently works for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and is also Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission.

He can be reached via Twitter at @remzicej

Story

Originally from Kosova, Remzi came to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in late 2000 with his parents, after fleeing the conflict in 1999 and spending over a year in seven different refugee camps in Albania.

Upon his arrival in Canada, Remzi joined a number of human rights organizations. He has been an activist with Amnesty International Canada (English-Speaking Section) since 2001, active in the leadership of the organization locally, regionally, and nationally, most recently as a Director of the Executive Committee of Amnesty International Canada (English-speaking Section). He was also a member of the Youth Advisory Board at War Child Canada from 2003 to 2005.

Since coming to Canada, Remzi has continued to act on his sense of commitment to social justice and human rights. He thinks striving for equality, social justice, and human rights is a Canadian value, and believes that all Canadians have a moral duty to help, whether it is at the local community centre or at a refugee camp in Central Africa.