Center of Religion Studies and Multiculturalism (Pusam) Post-graduate Program (PPs) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) keeps strengthening International movement of Human Rights (HAM). Through the partnership with The Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), University of Oslo, Norway since 2006 and The International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS), Brigham Young University, Provo, United State of America since 2010, a dissemination of Human Rights conducted by Pusam UMM is gradually improved.
Annually, said Head of Pusam UMM Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si, Pusam always regularly recruits many researchers and practitioners of Human Rights in East Java to get involved in Master Level Course (MLC) program of Sharia and Human Rights. This year, Pusam has selected 30 researchers to participate in the program.
The selected researchers have participated in in-house training last week, during June 8th – 12th, 2015 in UMM Inn, and currently compose a paper about various topics related to Human Rights and Sharia happened in Indonesia. “They are required to present their paper in next August,” said Syamsul.
Moreover, they are demanded to compose a post-MLC paper so that they own a strong epistemology before analyzing a topic. Thus, the last-week MLC invited many experts of International Human Rights such as Prof. Tore Lindholm and Lena Larsen, P.hD from NCHR Norway, Prof. Brett Scharffs from ICLRS America, and Prof. Jeroen Termperman from Erasmus School of Law.
Apart from those International experts, the event also invited national experts having many researches of Sharia and HAM from various regions throughout Indonesia such as lecturer of UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya Dr. Ahmad Nur Fuad, lecturer of Law Faculty of UMM Cekli Setya Prastiwi LLM, and program officer of Asia Foundation Budhy Munawar-Rachman.
In post-MLC, they have to conduct a proposal-based research. The findings of the research, Syamsul added, will be composed in a paper which later be presented and become further analysis as reference in tackling down various Human Rights problems in Indonesia.
Regarding the selected topics for the research, Syamsul continued, many researchers have preferred various interests: gender equality, discrimination of minority, vandalism in various worship places, child protection, and transsexual phenomena.
Adding, after paper presentation in August 2015, the best researcher will get a chance to participate in Short Course on Introducing International Human Rights in University of Oslo, Norway. Several previous researchers having this chance are Winda Hardyanti (2012), Roy Irawan (2013), and Binti Nikmatul Afdila (2014). (han/t_stu)