Human Rights Commission mourns the loss of humanitarian and community leader Hashem Slaimankhel

Human Rights Commission mourns the loss of humanitarian and community leader Hashem Slaimankhel

January 30, 2018

The Human Rights Commission has paid tribute to Auckland community leader and advocate Hashem Slaimankhel who was murdered by terrorists while visiting Afghanistan.

“We have lost a great New Zealander. A humble man and a leader who worked and volunteered to ensure his people, particularly Muslim women and children, had support and opportunities. The legacy he leaves behind is a great one,” said Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

“I am deeply saddened by his tragic death and our aroha goes out to his family and loved ones.”

A former refugee, Dr Slaimankhel fled Afghanistan and walked for eight days to the Pakistan border, arriving in New Zealand in 1989.

“For the past 29 years Hashem has volunteered and worked in the community and health sector. He was fearless about addressing issues head on and chaired the Umma Trust, a social service for Muslim women, children and families.”

“As a young boy he dreamed of becoming a doctor so he could help people, and Hashem certainly dedicated his life to doing just that.”

“We have also lost a great humanitarian, who was dedicated to peace and humanity”

“‘Humanity must come first – if you do something with good heart then you’ll achieve it easily’ .”  Hashem Slaimankhel.