|The participants of MLC took pictures together after the activity.|
There 30 young human rights researchers from various regions of Indonesia were being prepared by Center for Religious and Multicultural Studies (PUSAM) of University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) to become international human rights and human rights activists.
Collaborating with Oslo Coalition-Norwegian Center for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway and International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University, USA the researchers followed Master-Level Course (MLC) on Sharia and Human Rights held on 24 to 28 July 2017.
MLC was the first phase of this short-term study program at this level. Furthermore, after the event until September 2017, they were asked to do research on various current human rights issues that developed in the community. Subsequently in late September, researchers met again to present their research to national and international human rights experts.
International human rights experts involved in this program were Prof. Tore Lindholm and Lena Larsen PhD (Oslo Coalition, Norway), Prof. Brett Scharffs (Bringham Young University, USA), Prof. Heiner Bielefeldt (PBB), Prof. Jeroen Tempermen (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands), and Prof Mun'im Sirry (University of Notre Dame, USA).
Vice Rector I UMM, Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin Msi, explained that MLC was a program that focused on current issues about human rights and syariah. Started from 2011 until now, MLC program had entered the seventh generation. The purpose of this activity was to open awareness to human rights activists on various human rights issues in Indonesia and internationally, especially those related to syariah or Islamic law.
For Prof Heiner Bielefeldt, human rights violations can happen anywhere, and through any mode. It can be through bureaucracy, school, workplace, involving religious issues, violence, and terrorism.
"In the context of a religious Indonesian society, the challenge is certainly more diverse, because the issue may spread to violations of freedom of religion and belief," said Heiner who is also a professor of human rights at the University of Erlangen, Germany.
The participants who attended this event was the result of the selection of hundreds applicants all over Indonesia. They consisted of student activists, lecturers, researchers, and human rights activists from Aceh, Yogyakarta, Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Riau, and a number of cities in East Java. One of the best participants would be dispatched to Norway for a short course of human rights at the University of Oslo. (ard)