As many as 24 young human rights researchers from various regions in Indonesia presented their researches on rights of minority groups in Indonesia on Tuesday, October 31 at UMM Inn Hotel, Malang, East Java.
The presentation of this research was a continuation of the Master-Level Course (MLC) on Human Rights and Sharia held by the Center for the Study of Religion and Multiculturalism (PUSAM) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Oslo Coalition Norway and The Asia Foundation (TAF).
After the MLC, the researchers would conducted a three-month research micro-project on issues and that facing by minority groups in Indonesia. The results of research would be reviewed by UMM PUSAM representatives Dr. Vina Salviana, and TAF Dr. Budhy Munawar-Rachman.
Budhy said that the MLC program has been going since 2011 and it was very interesting because it produced findings that were useful for human rights enforcement in Indonesia.
"This year, the focus (of study) is on minority group in Indonesia, I read some results and its research is very interesting, there are many perspectives, various problems are also spread in various regions in Indonesia," Budhy said.
When it viewed from a list of research topics that conducted by young researchers, some interesting topics were raised up such as the Kaharingan Dayak group in South Kalimantan, the caning for non-Muslims in Aceh, the closing of the Kwan Sing Tee Koen statue in Tuban, the study of non- Muslims leader in the Jakarta election, even Muslim and Christian cooperation in building mosque in East Nusa Tenggara. (Naz)