“There are no shortcuts to changing the system” “When they distort  articles I have written…” “We just have to stop looking to our ‘leaders’ and start looking to each other” “Most of us are poor” “You will not liberate yourselves by toppling a puppet government” “There is possibly nothing more alienating than violence” “No one owns ideas”

A keen sense of social justice and fairness

Shahid has worked at our law firm for several years now. During the time that I have known him, he has been a dedicated and highly contributory staff member. He goes well above and beyond the call of duty, to help clients seek justice and is extremely empathetic and sensitive to their needs. Shahid has a keen sense of social justice and fairness, attributes that differentiate him from many, making him a special part of our team. He is a genuinely caring person and brings a lot of cheer to our...

Possibly the greatest thinker I have ever met

“Shahid is a brilliant ‘thinker’, someone that cuts through problems, to see straight through to the causes, and thus potential solutions, on just about any topic you want to throw his way. In today’s world, full of seemingly impossible conflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing hatred, for sure we are in need of people like Shahid. Shahid puts forward ideas for a more intelligent kind of activism, whereby we can work with market forces, that are seemingly impossible...

He called for a unifying message sent out to multinationals

Rohingya was just a word at first. Then it morphed into a horror story as I averted my eyes from the graphic images that accompanied the lurid texts. Some things are hard to ‘un-see’. And some things just call out to you as a fellow human being. My interest in the plight of the Rohingya heightened when the seemingly angelic persona of Aung Sang Syu Kii came to personify evil – her silence, I felt contributed to the unholy massacre that was unfolding before the eyes of the world. Then I...

Patient, funny and friendly

Protect the Rohingya joined consultations with both Jamila Hanan and Shahid King Bolsen, earlier this year, on how multinational corporations can be held accountable for human rights violations in the countries where they do business. Shahid put forward the idea of lobbying multinational corporations, to speak and act on the Rohingya issue and so the Unilever campaign began, as part of #WeAreAllRohingyaNow. He elected to put his full support behind the outreach project as opposed to the boycott...

Thinking outside the box was always one of the most important features of Mr. Bolsen

“His ideas have impressed us and motivated us to participate, especially after the Rohingya campaign that has achieved good results over a short interval of time and after we got the attention to the multinational companies investing in the Myanmar economy. The campaign adopted his strategy of reaching out to the companies so they can intervene immediately in ending the atrocities and genocide committed by the Government of Myanmar against the Rohingya. We started finally saw ourselves...

We admire his indomitable spirit and energy to help others and seek justice for the oppressed

I met Shahid Bolsen about 2 months ago when I joined a chat group on Twitter (set up by my awesome and respectable friend and activist Jamila Hanan) to work on the Rohingya cause which is very close to our hearts. When I read Shahid’s messages I was blown away by his words. He was extremely enthusiastic, determined and highly intelligent. As days went by it came apparent to me that Shahid is just what the Rohingya cause needed. His ideas, convictions, aspirations and writings were...

His vision can be used and applied to achieve justice

“This is extremism!” He said to me. These words were the very first he told me when I commented on one of his posts saying that all the present regimes are just facades since not one single government is applying the Islamic Sharia and there is no real democracy anywhere. I replied that the only way out of this is to take up arms and fight them since they are corrupted. I finished it off by saying that the only way to achieve the needs of the peoples is armed resistance. Before this...

He rejected all forms of violence directed against states or governments

From the various private conversations I had with him, I was able to perceive how he rejected all forms of violence directed against states or governments. This rejection was based on a wide knowledge about the freedom experiences various countries of the world went through, and which were often fruitful. His outspoken attitudes against violence placed him so notably in opposition to all the conventional jihadi currents. ~ Abu Umar...

I’ve never seen him as a hero, as many people do. He’s a thinker…

“But this does not, in any way, imply that he lacks the qualities of heroes, which he doesn’t. Heroes (according to Malek Bennabi) work on ridding peoples of oppression, whereas thinkers work on ridding them of the very foundation upon which oppression was based. If thinkers are not allowed the chance to obliterate and eradicate the deeply rooted foundation that had formed with the decline of Muslims centuries ago; and upon which our peoples got oppressed, plundered and manipulated...