Rohingya Action Ireland is extremely saddened to hear the news of Gary Kilgallen’s passing on April 9.
Gary was a life-long campaigner of human rights, peace, justice and accountability. His decades of activism had brought human rights abuses across the world into the spotlight.
Through Burma Action Ireland, Gary had spent over twenty years lobbying and campaigning for democracy and human rights in Burma. He was also a strong vocal supporter of ethnic minorities in Burma who have been violently oppressed by the military regimes and the civilian government.
For Rohingya, Gary was an amplifying voice. He had tirelessly campaigned for the rights of Rohingya in Burma and Bangladesh, and supported the Rohingya community in Ireland for its resettlement and rebuilding. His wisdom, kindness and solidarity had transformed the community. Until his final moments, the community was in his mind and thought.
The death of Gary leaves a huge void for the community to fill. The community will strive to continue to keep Gary’s legacy of social justice and human rights alive.
The Rohingya community sends the deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gary Kilgallen on this difficult period of time.
May he rest in peace.