Bangladesh and South Asia

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Director, Bangladesh and South Asia 

Tahmina Rahman spear-headed the establishment of ARTICLE 19’s Bangladesh office and for a decade now has conducted human rights projects speaking out as a staunch advocate for the promotion of FoE and the protection of journalists and social media communicators. She has advocated for media reforms and has represented civil society organisations as a member in various National Committees of the Government in Bangladesh, where she leads ARTICLE 19’s flag-ship annual country reports on FoE. After the grotesque attacks on individual bloggers in Bangladesh in 2015-2016, Tahmina has been particularly active in providing support to communicators under threat. She has also highlighted challenges to FoE in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan through UPR submissions. Tahmina has a Master in Laws from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and was a McArthur fellow at Harvard University. She has recently been honoured by the UK Government with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition for her work in defending and promoting freedom of expression and information. In 2016 Tahmina was also awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and Rule of Law.



Sardar Ramjan Ali

Accounts and Finance Officer


Sardar Mohammad Ramjan Ali has been working as Accounts & Finance Officer in the Bangladesh and South Asia Regional Office since early 2015. Ramjan has a master’s degree in Accounting from Jagonnath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Before joining ARTICLE 19 Ramjan worked in accounts and finance related positions in various development organisations.






Atekul Islam

Programme Officer (Legal)


Atekul Islam has recently joined the Bangladesh and South Regional team as Programme Officer (Legal).  Atekul has a Master in Laws from South Asian University in New Delhi, India. He was awarded a SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarship by Government of India from 2014-2016 to pursue his degree. He also studied law at the School of Law, BRAC University in Bangladesh and obtained an LLB (honours) degree. Atekul also holds a one year dilploma in International Law and Diplomacy from Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi.










Ahtasham Imam

Programme and Communications


Ahtasham Imam joined the team to work on programme and communications. He received his Master in Development Studies from University of Liberal Arts (ULAB) in Bangladesh. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. Before joining ARTICLE 19 he worked as a journalist in mainstream Bangladeshi media.










Mohammad Afgal

Project Officer


Mohammad Afgal works in the team as Project Officer. Afgal has a Master and Bachelor’s degree in Arts. Before joining ARTICLE 19 Afgal worked with national NGOs in projects relating to citizen’s participation in local government and promotion of community voices through right to information.