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Yasmin Khatun Dewan

Journo with a passion for fashion, current affairs, war studies and human rights.

Yasmin is currently News Editor for the London bureau of news channel TRT World. Over the last decade she has covered global news stories with critical acclaim refining her expertise to particular areas of interest. Yasmin has a passion for human rights - with a particular focus on conflict zones. As a journalist she travelled to the Chadian borders of the Central African Republic at the height of the recent conflict to document and investigate the crisis. She has also produced numerous works on sexual violence in conflict and ethics in fashion. Her documentary Slave Industry: A Year on from Rana Plaza was shortlisted for international television investigation at the Association of International Broadcasting Awards in 2015. She was also nominated for media contribution of the year at the British Muslim Awards in the same year. She has appeared on the British Bangladeshi power & inspiration 100 on numerous occasions for her role in media. Starting her career as a fashion journalist she has maintained her interest in the area and continues to follow the arena closely. As well as her career as a journalist Yasmin is doctoral researcher at Goldsmiths University of London and scholar for the William Temple Foundation, her research focuses on religion and the quandary created by the 'modest fashion' phenomena, she is also a Londoner with a fondness for greenery.
Remembering 'The Forgotten

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.
25/01/2016 01:13 GMT
'Extremism' and Muslim Women - When Did Language Come into

'Extremism' and Muslim Women - When Did Language Come into Play?

The Prime Minister accepts that there is no clausal link to language and extremism but still resolved to make the link during his proposal. It might be an idea to look at credible strains of opinion around what leads to 'extremist' thought before he lays out his next proposal.
20/01/2016 09:29 GMT
Ten Years on From

Ten Years on From 7/7

A decade on from 7/7 its a day that has and is shaping things to come for my generation as we all continue to feel it's consequences - but difficulties often prove to be the most testing of times, pushing you to make choices and the 7th of July 2005 was a difficult day for London.
07/07/2015 11:58 BST

Remembering Moses

I've always really liked Moses (peace be upon him) referred to as Musa in Arabic. The man, the prophet, the one referred to on so many occasions in the Quran, the Muslim holy scripture. Complex, dynamic, fierce, stubborn and humble, all at the same time. A prophet sent with a message and a man referred to more times in the Quran than any other.
03/11/2014 11:58 GMT
Performers in Paris, Upstaged by a

Performers in Paris, Upstaged by a Niqab

Intolerance breeds intolerance and laws that allow bigotry and racism as though they were a part and parcel of society are exactly the thing that encourages such attitudes. When we look at injustices far and wide it's so easy to express distaste but we must look closer to home and deal with the injustices and attitudes that are being imposed.
23/10/2014 12:24 BST
Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.
02/10/2014 10:52 BST
#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading

#BritishValues and #TerrorLaws - Has Theresa May Been Reading '1984'?

When the Home Secretary said <em>"British values will prevail in the end"</em> against extremism, if she's talking about freedom of speech, then she's certainly missed a trick. The fact that surfaces with the revelation of these measures under the banner of "British Values" is in reality a demonization of a single community - a community just like any other.
01/10/2014 10:45 BST
Generation Sweet Stuff - Are We All Sugared

Generation Sweet Stuff - Are We All Sugared Up?

The sugar-less trend seems like it might have long running implications on the way we sell, shop and eat. Things that were once put onto our health barometer, we're now advised to stay clear of. Yogurt, fruit, cereal and so forth are most certainly off the menu. Advised that cereals were the healthy option to start of our day, the healthiest at present, has to be cartoned egg whites.
28/08/2014 12:14 BST

Confronting Collusion

Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.
25/08/2014 14:22 BST
The Fashion

The Fashion Revolution

The grounds upon which the eight storey commercial building collapsed were swampy and the cracks on its walls were large. Garment workers were forced to go back to work knowing that this building was unsafe to work in.
24/04/2014 10:19 BST


British citizen Moazzam Begg, arrested awaiting charge - a man tortured and abused in Guantanamo bay, held there for three years with no found evidence has once again has been called a terrorist.
27/02/2014 10:50 GMT

Stitched Up?

Fashion may seem fickle to some, but it's beauty can be awfully deceptive. The female form so often picked, prodded or bleached might just be getting used to it. Abuse is rife in the work place and statistics don't shy away from presenting that.
17/02/2014 11:48 GMT

Fashion Intentions

As the thin piece of attire some Muslim women choose to cover their faces with (as part of religious principal) once again becomes a point of discussion here in Britain, it is today an important day to think about clothing.
24/10/2013 12:25 BST
#LFW Dominated by the

#LFW Dominated by the Niqab

We're not always going to understand everything straight away and we don't always need to, celebrate difference and appreciate the fact that it exists in Britain. To live in a tolerant society is not to stamp down but it's to be able to accept those exact things when they're not harming you.
17/09/2013 12:02 BST
The Secret to

The Secret to Spirituality

During the month we (Muslims) train ourselves, train ourselves to have restraint, train ourselves to have patience and steer clear from basic desires. The desire to eat, the desire to drink, the desire to argue back when under attack, the desire to indulge curbing our enthusiasm for all of these things until the set time and realizing that in actuality we are in no need of most of these desires.
30/07/2013 13:40 BST


Ramadan is the most sacred of months for Muslims and most of us will be fasting, fasting from food, from desires from the daily grinds that often take centre seat. A time when we all try that little bit harder and focus on our worship.
09/07/2013 11:38 BST
Bangladesh Under

Bangladesh Under Siege

As the week proceeds the baggage of the dark night in Dhaka must be made to come to surface. The government can no longer continue its charade of growth and development built on the back of corruption and the silencing of its opposition.
08/05/2013 14:23 BST